How you start your day matters. Consciously starting your day with positive thoughts and actions can set the tone for a more productive and joyful day ahead.
Try incorporating these 5 healthy habits into your morning ritual for vibrant health and happiness.
- Drink Lemon Water
Our bodies are made of up over 75% water. After 7-8 hours of restful sleep it’s important to hydrate thirsty cells. 12-16 ounces of warm water with ½ fresh squeezed lemon helps detoxify the body, preps the digestive system for a healthy balanced meal, and aids in elimination.
To enhance detoxification consider adding 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to your cup. Studies show that it can help detoxify the liver, which in return can help you burn more fat around the clock.
- Engage in Mindful Movement
An intense power yoga class or challenging cross-training class the day before can leave your body feeling stiff and achy particularly first thing in the morning. Starting your day with mindful movement like mobility exercises such as neck circles, shoulder rolls, hip openers, and squats can help send nutrient rich blood to the muscles and synovial fluid to the joints to help you move freely. Connect your breath to the movement and tune into how your body feels as it will change day to day.
- Dry Brush Your Skin
Brushing your skin may sound a bit odd if you’re new to the daily ritual, but dry brushing every morning can help you stay healthy and get glowing skin. Dry brushing helps unclog pores, increase circulation, boost immunity, and stimulate the lymphatic system to release toxins. It helps firm the skin and may even help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Perform Deep Breathing
Do you ever climb out with your mind racing mentally going over a lengthy to-do list? Performing just 2-5 minutes of conscious deep breathing upon rising can help set the tone for a more focused and productive day. Long deep breathing in through the nose stimulates the olfactory nerve directly helping to calm the nervous system, release muscular tension, and increase energy levels.
- Offer Gratitude
Giving thanks for friends and loved ones, your health, and positive things in your life can help you find contentment and peace within. When you’re going through tough times, give thanks for the new day and opportunity to continue to grow and evolve in body, mind, and soul.
When it comes to forming healthy habits, a little goes a long way. If performing all 5 of these rituals in a single morning feels daunting aim to just give one of these rituals a try each day over the course of the work week.
Following through with just a single healthy habit everyday lights the way for more health and happiness to enter your life!
About The Author
Kelly Gonzalez, M.S. CPT. RYT. is a fitness and nutrition expert, fit lifestyle coach, writer, and speaker. She helps others ignite their inner spark to live fit and feel more fulfilled in all areas of life through a combination of meditation, introspection, positive thinking, daily movement, and healthy eating. She’s a NASM certified personal trainer, lifestyle nutrition consultant, certified yoga teacher, IFBB pro athlete, and overall life enthusiast. Kelly enjoys outdoor activities, learning new ways to live fit, experiencing sparks of self-discovery, and sharing the light with others.
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