Mornings: A Perfect Time to Focus on Your Health
by guest writer Leslie Johnson
When I was a little girl, my father used to wake me and my brother up at the crack of dawn every morning. He was a routine-driven man who loved to wake up with the sun. My mother used to say one of the main reasons she fell in love with him was because he seized each and every moment the day had to offer. Sure, that sounds sweet, but can you imagine how little my father’s love for starting the day at 5 a.m. meant to me as a little girl? Like other children, I wanted my mornings to myself so I could sleep late, watch funny cartoons, and eat sugary cereal. My father would have none of that though. He wanted us to start out our mornings healthy, so he would get us up early, make us fruit-infused oatmeal, and require us to get up and move around.
Now that I’m a mother, I can’t help but look back and be grateful to my father. He established a pattern that has completely changed the way I approach my mornings. Unlike many adults out there, I choose not to squander the healthy potential of mornings. Instead of lying in bed for hours on end, I get up, make a healthy breakfast, get in a great workout, and start an exciting day. For those of you who want to make more use of your mornings, here are three tips to help you out.
Get Your Morning Exercise in Right When You Wake Up
I know how difficult it is to get in a morning workout. Even after all these years, it still isn’t easy for me. Knocking my workout out first thing in the morning, however, is one of the best decisions I ever made. For years, I put off working out until the late afternoon or night. As a result, I not only stressed about having to get to the gym at some point, but I also commonly skipped my workouts. Now that I pencil in my workout right after I wake up, I always follow through with my commitment to fitness. Even if my workout is as simple as walking around the neighborhood, I now have time to meet my exercise goals every time.
Eat a Well-Balanced Breakfast
I’m always flabbergasted when I hear people admitting they don’t eat breakfast. Yes, I know that not everyone is dying to eat in the morning, but truth be told, there is simply no excuse for not eating a well-balanced, healthy breakfast each and every morning. By eating a good, healthy breakfast, you’ll feel fuller throughout the day, lessen your snacking, and keep the pounds from packing on. It’s a win-win scenario. Do yourself a favor every morning and fix a nutritious breakfast that will keep you full, healthy, and energized throughout the day. Something as small as a little bowl of oatmeal can make all the difference in the world.
Make it a Family Lifestyle
Believe me, I know not everybody is a morning person. It took me several years to get used to waking up at 5 a.m. every morning with my father. Yet over time, it became a habit that made a significantly positive impact in my life. Not only was I able to incorporate a healthier routine into my life, I was also able to spend more time with my father – and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. A great way to maintain a commitment to getting up earlier each morning is to make it a family routine. By getting your whole family up early, you’ll be making a personal goal become a family goal, and the efforts of many are much stronger than the efforts of one. You could even go so far as to get the family together for breakfast, morning walks, and household chores. Whatever floats your boat!
Not everyone is a morning person, but you’d be surprised the difference a morning can make. If you haven’t already, see how you can make your mornings healthier for you and your whole family.
Leslie Johnson is an avid health and nutrition blogger or mastersinhealthcare.com. As a mother, she is particularly passionate about teaching children about nutrition, health, body image, and exercise. If you have any questions for Leslie, feel free to leave them here.
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