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How I start my day often determines how my whole day will look like. And that’s a fact.

I’ve noticed so many times that when I start the day healthy, balanced and clean, I’m most likely to keep it that way for the rest of it.

That’s actually the greatest thing about mornings – they are like blank pieces of paper, and each day we have a new chance to make a change.

There’s absolutely no doubt that morning is the most important time of day.

It just sets the tone for the entire day.

This means that by changing one tiny little thing in the morning routine, you can improve your whole day and your whole life in the long run.

That’s how I did it and managed to keep fit and healthy throughout the years, and I’m just about to show you exactly how.

And because mornings are SO freaking important when it comes to losing weight and getting fit, I decided to dedicate my very first YouTube video to my 15 morning habits.

YAY!!!

You’re getting the whole picture of how I start my day, with every single detail you need to know in order to improve the quality of your mornings.

Girls, don’t let another bad morning slip through your fingers and take your mornings and your life into your own hands!

Head on to check my video right away, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Now let’s head on to the article for more details!

#1 Always Wake Up Same Time Each Morning

I was never a morning person until I decided to force myself to wake up earlier each day.

I know this might seem like not much, but this is the exact reason why I became a ‘morning person’ in the first place.

I wake up each morning at 7:00 and I feel amazing.

This morning ritual of getting up at the same time each morning (yes, even on weekends) has helped me build up the habit of getting up earlier, making it easier to pre-empt the alarm call.

Try it out for at least a week and you’ll see the changes right away.

#2 Drink A Glass Of Hot Water

Every single morning I have a glass of hot water right after waking up.

I like to think of this as an early morning cleanse.

And it really is, because it provides amazing benefits:

  • Cleanses digestion;
  • Improves blood circulation;
  • Promotes healthy sweating and weight loss;
  • Forces toxins out of the body;
  • Stimulates bowel movements.

#3 Do Some Yoga

Yoga is an amazing way to start your day.

It wakes up every single muscle and gets them ready for the day ahead.

For those of you that don’t have much time, it doesn’t even have to be a full yoga routine.

I usually do a few poses like downward dog, cobra, cat pose, child pose.

#4 Avoid Screens Right After Waking Up

For starters, they tend to hijack my morning routine.

I’ve found scrolling through Instagram this early as a bad habit mainly because I usually end up rushing through the rest of my routine.

That’s why I decided to keep my phone, laptop, and TV away, at least for the first hour after waking up.

Every minute is valuable in the morning, so make sure to devote it to quality habits.

#5 Get Some Fresh Air

Opening the window and welcoming fresh air into my room feels so good.

Just open the window and take a moment to bath your sleepy organs in fresh oxygen.

Inhale. Exhale.

Again, this may not seem like much for most of you, but I find this habit really calming and relaxing.

#6 Get Sweaty

Working out in the morning?! Say what now?!

Hold on, babe. You really don’t need to do anything crazy or time-consuming this early in the morning.

Just break a sweat with your favorite moves, to start the day energized and active.

I usually do jumping squats, lunges, burpees and finish all off with a 1-minute plank hold.

It takes about 5-6 minutes of my morning, yet it helps me break a sweat and start my morning with great energy.

#7 Take A Cold Shower

I bet it freckles your skin just by the thought of it 🙂

Trust me, try it once and you’ll see why I’m doing it.

Get in the shower while you’re sweaty and just turn on the cold jet – that’s where the magic happens!

It doesn’t have to be ice-cold water, it can be a comfortable cold to slightly warm water for starters.

The thing with cold showers is that while warm water causes your blood vessels to dilate and relax, a cold shower wakes them up, which makes it perfect for the morning.

#8 Have A Healthy Balanced Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

You should not skip it by any means, and you should always make sure that breakfast is your biggest and healthiest meal of the day.

This way, you’ll make sure to keep it healthy throughout the rest of the meals.

A little bit of protein, healthy fats and a whole lot of healthy complex carbohydrates – that’s my recipe for a healthy breakfast.

My all time favorite breakfast is:

  • ½ cup Rolled oats
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • Few strawberries

I never wait to long to have my breakfast because I don’t want to keep it waiting, so usually an hour after I wake up.

Head on to my 28-day meal plan for more healthy breakfast recipes.

#9 Enjoy Your Cup Of Caffeine

I think coffee is the reason I love mornings.

It’s true – coffee is what get’s me going the most.

After my breakfast, I feel like I would just roll back to bed again, but coffee is that little voice in my head that says “You got this, girl!”

And I always have my coffee black and strong, no milk and certainly no sugar.

I get excited just by the smell of it – what can I say, caffeine is addictive and I cannot lie 🙂

And it’s true that drinking a lot of coffee can be harmful, but enjoying that one morning mug of caffeine will load you up with lots of healthy components including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.

This magic in a mug, improves your energy levels, boosts the metabolic rate, improves physical performance, protects your heart and liver… These are only a few of the countless benefits you get from including coffee on a daily basis.

But, I have to admit it’s not only the coffee itself that counts, it’s who you share it with that’s important too.

Matt and I meet at the office at 9 each day and always have that coffee together – I just live for these moments!

If you’re by any chance not a coffee person (always wondered if these people really exist though haha) you can make yourself a cup of green or black tea, since they’re also high in caffeine.

#10 Make A Plan For The Day

How else am I supposed to have time for everything if I don’t make sure to organize it, right?

So I sit down, usually with my coffee, I water my plants and make a plan for every single thing I have to finish today.

I write everything down in my planner, not only my daily activities, meetings and “to do” lists but planning my meals and workouts too.

It doesn’t always have to be written down on a piece of paper, however writing it down helps a lot.

#11 Stretch Your Feet

Our feet do such a big work for us – they carry us around and keep us standing for the whole day.

Yet, we never seem to give them credit for the amazing work they really do for us every day.

Feet are not just blocks to clomp around on – we need to take good care of them so that they take good care of us.

That’s why it’s really important to take a few minutes in the morning and prepare them for the upcoming daily activities they’re going to go through.

Check out my favorite stretches and try them out next morning.

#12 Have A Green Smoothie

I usually go for my favorite blend, I call it Hulk 🙂

I basically mix:

  • Avocado
  • Green Apple
  • Banana
  • Kale
  • Ice

If it’s too thick, add a little bit of water and it will be just fine.

You can also add a scoop of protein powder if that’s your thing of course.

#13 Hydrate Throughout The Entire Morning

I always have my favorite water bottle beside me and just make sure to refill it over and over again.

Sipping up and visiting the bathroom every 5 minutes is how my morning basically looks like.

Hydrating in the morning is so important because it will help you stay hydrated throughout the entire day.

I have exhausting training sessions and drinking water while working out has proven to be not the best idea, so I make sure to complete that hydration throughout the day.

#14 Pack Up A Healthy Snack

Snacking can be a completely healthy habit if you are doing it right.

This means you should snack as long as you keep it healthy and clean.

So, in order to reach out for a quality option, I make sure to always have a healthy snack on hand.

I pack up a bunch of carrot and cucumber sticks plus some nuts usually almonds or cashews.

#15 WBR – Walk Bike Or Run

To wherever you need to go in the morning, make sure to use your legs.

Walk bike or run.

This will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I usually run to the office, if I don’t have a bunch of stuff to carry with me.

I Hope You Like My Morning Routine!

This morning routine has helped me stay fit and healthy throughout the years.

It made me fall in love with mornings, feel fresh, energized, focused and ready for almost any challenge ahead of me.

You should try it too!

Once you get going with this routine, it will become natural to the body, will help it adapt to this kind of set up, and keep it up for a lifetime!

Just remember, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so be patient.

The choice is yours, so make it right!

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Til next time!
xo,
Monica