It is never too late to improve your health. Even when you find yourself feeling poorly, an improved lifestyle can only do good things for you. Committing to improving your lifestyle is big; you can start with small daily commitments. After you become comfortable with those habits, you can move on to more significant changes.
Here are five ways you can improve your morning routine to start you off:
Drink water before your day starts
Do not wait until you feel thirsty, to drink water. You should have 2.7-3.7 litres of water every day on average. People may need more or less depending on their lifestyle, environment, and health. The best way to go about it is to make an active effort to drink. Start your day with one to two glasses of water. You might think that since you were sleeping, you didn’t do enough to warrant drinking water. However, you could be sweating while you sleep. If you skip drinking water before or during breakfast, you could become too preoccupied to do it for the rest of the day.
Light exercise or stretch for five minutes
Stretching preps your body for movement. Any sport, from swimming to running, starts with stretching and a warm up. Loosening your muscles eases them into action; if there is no preparation you could become injured from the sudden movement. Even though you might not be doing strenuous activities, it takes away any tension from staying in a fixed position. Light exercise could also help you wake yourself up and begin the day energised and refreshed.
Eating breakfast can improve memory, alertness, and focus. The energy and nutrition you get from a good breakfast are necessary to fuel functioning after sleeping for hours. It acts as a jumpstart that can help you get through the day. Do not just eat whatever you think will give you the most energy. A lot of breakfast options are rich in sugar and can work against you later. Try to keep it filling with whole wheat or starchy carbohydrates, and healthy with a piece of fruit or a side of greens. If your schedule is hectic in the mornings, create a system that allows you to get a bite to eat. It could be a granola bar in your bag, or a meal prepped container ready to take to work.
The term ‘supplements’ here is used loosely. You could have an extra cup of tea, a multivitamin, or a turmeric shot after breakfast. Find a product that helps you with your current issues or improves your overall performance during the day. For example, among the various turmeric benefits is the fact that it is an antioxidant and it can help against inflammation and fatigue. If you have stiff joints or feel tired, a turmeric shot can help. Take note that no matter what supplement you take, it is possible to have too much. Monitor your daily intake and stay within the recommended amount.
These five changes have several things in common: they improve your overall energy, they fulfil your basic requirements, and they can all be done on a budget. They are all very doable.