Did you wake up this morning feeling like you could take on the world? No? If you’re like most of us, you could use a little extra energy. Between getting the kids ready for school, making breakfast, trying to squeeze in a workout and catching your favorite morning news show, the first hours of the day can be hectic and exhausting. Today we are sharing five excellent ways to add some pep to your step first thing in the morning so you can boost your mood, reduce stress and have extra energy throughout the day.
- Work out. We know exercising is often the last thing you want to do when you get out of bed. However, the research doesn’t lie – exercising first thing has numerous benefits, including boosting your calorie burn all day long, giving you plenty of energy to complete your daily tasks and it ensures that you actually make time for your workout. Get your day started off right: we love Shape Magazine’s Good Morning workout or popping in an exercise DVD so you never have to leave the comfort of your own living room.
- Eat breakfast. Many people think the key to losing weight is cutting calories, but skipping breakfast is a sure-fire way to bring your metabolism to a halt and leave you feeling sluggish and you start your day. If you aren’t hungry in the mornings, eat something small, like fresh fruit, a low-fat yogurt smoothie, or some scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast.
- Pick the right drink. Skip the sugary juice and reach for water, unsweetened tea or coffee (that’s right – your favorite caffeinated beverage is actually good for you when it’s not loaded down with cream, sugar or artificial sweeteners). Some studies have found that coffee may reduce a person’s chances of developing serious chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and dementia. It is also the main source of antioxidants for most Americans.
- Plan ahead to get your day off on the right foot. It sounds simple, but taking the time to set out your outfit, pack your lunch and make your day’s to-do list the night before can save you a lot of unnecessary stress and wasted time in the morning.
- Take time to slow down, even for five minutes. Do something you enjoy for a few minutes each morning. This can mean a few yoga poses, reading your favorite magazine while you eat breakfast, listening to soothing music during your commute, or watching your favorite television program. Taking time to do something nice for yourself can boost your mood for the rest of the day.