What is the first thing you do after shutting off the alarm in the morning?
For many of you, I’d bet my morning coffee that it’s reaching for your phone. Whether it’s checking social media or e-mail, it’s a way to help wake yourself up in the morning.
Why not use a less stressful tactic for shaking off sleep from your brain – and one that your body will benefit at that!
I’ve read plenty of articles indicating that successful people don’t check their e-mail in the morning. It puts other people’s needs before your own and can set your priorities for the day in the wrong order. Work shouldn’t be the first thing you do in the morning, it should be something for yourself.
I am a habitual morning exerciser. This isn’t only because I am much less likely to workout later in the day, but because it gets me going in the morning. It puts me in a great mood, and it my little bit of ‘me time’ to start my day off right.
I know that morning exercise isn’t for everyone. But, a new morning routine to get your day started doesn’t have to be a 60 minute sweat session. Since exercise can help you de-stress, improve memory, and get you focused, it can’t hurt to ditch staring into your phone and do a quick morning exercise routine to get your blood flowing and mind in the right direction for the day.
When you get out of bed, take 5 minutes for a few exercises that will get your whole body moving. The best moves for this will be bodyweight exercises – no equipment needed, and you can literally roll out of bed to get it done. Try these bodyweight exercises:
- standard push-ups
- triceps dips
- plie squats
- split squats
- your favorite core exercise
This is also a great chance to gain full body strength without spending a lot of time in the gym. You’ll likely see yourself improve in the number you can do in your 5 minutes. On morning’s that I don’t workout, I’ll do a couple variations of push-ups to failure, and a couple sets of plie squats (because they’re my favorite squat variation). I then will spend 5 minutes or so stretching.
If you’re not interested in these, try these five things you should do everyday, recommended by Brad Contreras.
After your 10 minutes of exercise and stretching, eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – so don’t forget it.
It might take (some will power) and 30 days to make this a habit, but I’m a firm believer that exercise is the best way to start your day!
Other ways to wake-up without your phone?
- Go for a walk
- Read a devotional
Find a disconnected way to start your day!
Are you a morning exerciser? Do you reach for your phone first thing in the morning?