Start Your Day Like This
Winter is cold, wet, and dark. This compounded with the uncertain times because of the coronavirus may make it increasingly difficult to cope and stay fit. Therefore, it’s important to have a routine to jumpstart your day. So, in this article, we’ll give you tips on morning routines you can put in place to help you stay fit and healthy.
Let’s dive right in.
Morning Exercise Routine
With the cold winter season, you’ll be tempted to curdle and stay warm, which is understandable; however, if you want to stay fit, you must beat the laziness and indulge in physical activities. The starting point is having a routine in place that you work with every single day.
You can opt to buy workout equipment and create at home gym or resort to calisthenics. Virtual workout exercise is equally good. Yoga is also a great option. A workout routine helps you start your morning in high energy and ready to dive deep into your daily tasks despite the cold weather.
Walking outside may also seem like a tall order, but it’s a great exercise since your metabolism rate will increase to maintain the body temperature at 37°C. The beauty of walking is that it’s easy and ideal for all ages.
A ten minutes walk is better than nothing. You’ll improve your blood pressure, burn body fat, and strengthen joints and muscles. Walking also has an emotional benefit. As you stroll in the cold air and enjoy nature, it relieves stress and anxiety, uplifts your mood, and shifts your attention to the present.
Health is wealth, and mental health is paramount, especially during these uncertain times. The gloomy weather and the COVID-19 anxiety can take a toll on your mental and general health if you don’t practice mindfulness. Meditating every day boosts your mental health, helping you stay grounded throughout the day.
Since going outside for mediation is out of the question, you can make your little heaven in your home for this important practice. There are several ways to set up a conducive meditation space. You can use tranquil colors that are light and fresh or add more lighting and scents. A warm home environment will help you relax and light up your space despite the dull environment outside.
Have a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy, nutrient packed breakfast will help you stay energized throughout the day. The best way to ensure you stick to a healthy breakfast is to have a meal plan where you schedule your breakfast in advance.
This will help you stay consistent throughout the season. Plus, you can always shop for the entire week’s foodstuff. Of importance is to ensure you have healthy fats, proteins, and healthy carbohydrates. A well-balanced breakfast will give you the energy to push through the day. Online nutrition coaching will also give you more insights on everything you need to know about nutrition.
When you are short of time, grab a granola bar on the go. It’s a healthy snack packed with protein and fiber. Some bars have high sugar and calorie levels, just like candy, so be sure to check the label before purchasing.
Drink Warm Water or Lemon Tea
The cold weather will always have you craving hot drinks. So, to keep warm, you can resort to warm water in the morning. You can spice it up a little and instead make lemon tea. You’ll only need to add a few slices of lemon to the hot water.
Apart from mornings, you can have warm water throughout the day to keep you warm. Warm water has many benefits. It improves digestion and metabolism and helps with weight loss and detoxification.
Apart from the warm water and lemon tea, you can opt for coffee. Coffee boosts your energy, making you jovial and ready to start your day in high spirit.
The shower is the last thing one wants to get into during winter. However, it’s the quickest way to freshen up and jolt your body to action. A shower will make you rejuvenated.
To make this easy, perhaps you can program the thermostat to warm up your room before waking up. On the same note, place your workout gears near the heater, so they are warm and ready for your morning workout.
The weather will leave you feeling unmotivated and tired. However, you can take charge of the situation and make the most out of the winter months. So, instead of doing nothing about it, build a routine based on the tips above and stick by it.
It will not be easy to start, but it will be worth it. You’ll feel much better after a workout session, warm shower, meditation, some hot beverage, and a healthy breakfast. In the long run, all the effort will pay off. You’ll improve your productivity, stay motivated through an otherwise dull season, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.