Here at My Deal, we are firm believers that you don't have to spend a ton of money to be healthy. Recently, Bupa Life Insurance featured us in a post about healthy morning rituals, 'Lifestyle Experts Share Their Healthy Morning Habits', so we thought we'd keep up the healthy trend and pass along even more of our favourite morning tips. Read on to learn more.
Make a Healthy Smoothie
All you need is a blender to get your day started off on the right foot. As Bupa mentions in the article, ‘One of the products that makes it a little bit easier to roll out of bed in the morning is the Breville Juice Fountain Plus - BJE410. Press a rainbow of fruit and vegetables through for a super charge of vitamins each morning.’
Mix up some leafy greens, like kale or parsley, with some of your favourite fruits or vegetables for a healthy morning meal that is rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This only takes a few minutes to do and can save you a lot of money on your morning stop at the coffee shop every day. Because greens and other fresh produce are packed with the nutrients your body needs to function properly, drinking a smoothie in the morning can give you loads of energy to help you get through the rest of your day.
Make a To-Do List
Take a few minutes in the morning to write down the top three things you absolutely must get done that day. You may have more items on your to-do list, but focus on just the three most important and write them in your planner or enter them into your calendar in your phone. Making note of these important items first thing in the morning gives you a framework around which to build the rest of your day. Knowing exactly what you have to do that day can help to reduce stress. Also, prioritising just the top three helps you to focus on what is most important without worrying about the other things on your list.
Ride Your Bike to Work
If you live close enough to your office that this is feasible (and safe), consider riding your bike for your commute rather than sitting in the car. Getting some exercise early in the morning does wonders for your energy levels for the rest of the day. It also gets your blood circulating so that more oxygen flows to your brain, helping you focus at work. If you live too far away, then try to get some other form of exercise in, either by parking at the far back of the parking lot or getting off the train one stop early so that you have to walk a little bit to get to work. Even if it's just a few blocks, it'll still get your heart rate up so you're ready to go by the time you get to the office.
Don't try to revamp your entire morning routine all at once. It takes time to build up healthy habits. Start with something simple and work your way up from there. You'll find that once you've made one healthy change, you'll be motivated to make even more, so each subsequent change will be easier than the last.