Have you ever noticed how much better you feel during the day when you’ve started out the morning in a healthy and productive manner? When you take the time to wake up and properly prepare for the day, it makes sense that this would boost the likelihood of the rest of the day flowing smoothly and efficiently.
Studies have shown there is a significant correlation between a healthy person’s morning routines and the success and productivity of their lifestyles throughout the rest of the day. The increasing interest in establishing effective morning routines has led experts to start analyzing the morning routines of succesful people throughout history, and they have often found a pattern of similar behaviors, lifestyles, and habits that tend to drive a person toward success and productivity.
The No. 1 Healthy Morning Habit Is …
Exercise! Yes, starting off the day with a run, a cardio workout, or even something more intense like CrossFit (if you’re up for it) has been cited as the most beneficial morning habit by some of the world’s most successful people, including CEO of Apple Tim Cook, founder of the Virgin group Richard Branson, and editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour. Exercise is fantastic for improving sleep patterns, regulating mood, reducing stress, and improving cardiovascular health. Excercising in the early morning, within an hour of waking up, is often considered the best time to do so, since it can give you a healthy boost of energy and help you get to sleep easily at the end of the day.
How Else Should You Start Your Day?
The second most-cited morning activity among healthy and successful people was spending time with family. You may think you should be diving right into work in the early hours of the morning, but it turns out spending quality time with family is often very important for starting the day off right. We are social creatures after all, and even the most introverted of us can gain a renewed sense of purpose and passion after spending time with loved ones.
At the very least, eating breakfast together can be enough to keep your mornings on the right track. If you have children, help them pack up and get ready for school if you can, for further bonding time.
Other people have found that writing down a list of tasks to do during the day helps them stay motivated and on-track. Try out a few of these habits and learn which one works for you so you can start off your days in a healthy manner.
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