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Four Things You Can Do in the Morning to Start Your Day Right

Setting an intention in the morning is a great way to determine your direction for the day. Research has shown that having a set morning routine can do everything from boosting your mental health to increasing your productivity levels and physical health.

“It’s about setting yourself up for the day so you can be clear and organised, taking small steps that make you feel good. Personally, I think it’s important to have a moment of still – the calm before the storm – without your phone and to yourself before the day properly begins…

1. Water
Drinking water first thing in the morning is so important, benefits include rehydrating the body, improving cognitive function and balancing your mood among lots of other benefits, so grab a glass and prioritise this over your morning coffee. 

2. Breakfast
I’m sure that you’ve heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. And we’re here to agree, it’s the fuel for the day. Not only does it give you energy to start the day, but also improves your performance during the day. So don’t skip breakfast because you’re in a rush. 

3. Writing a to-do list for the day
Take some time early in the morning to get organised is crucial, having a clear structure for your day will allow you to achieve everything you set out to achieve as well as going into the day with a clear mind, don’t confuse yourself by trying to remember everything from memory.

4. Movement
Moving in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your health. But it also has so many benefits for your mind and productivity. Movement of any form, whether that be weight training, a walk or a yoga session. Allocating dedicated time to exercise and creating a weekly training schedule will help to shape exercise as a positive habit that becomes a non-negotiable in your day. 

What about weekends?
If you prefer to follow a more relaxed routine on the weekends or on your days off, then go ahead. Try to keep some elements that you’ve prioritised just like the four that we’ve suggested. Whether that’s altering the time you get your exercise in, aiming for your usual bedtime, or having a similar structure to meal times. This will have a knock on effect to a successful and productive week ahead, and ease your transition back into Monday. But more importantly you have to create a routine that you know is realistic and will work for you.

Creating a structured daily routine is one of the best ways to shape your success, as it’ll help you get clear on your priorities, organise your time, and boost your productivity. Start small, and commit to consistency, this over time will lead to success.

If you’re looking for a new routine to support your health and fitness journey, we have so many guides and challenges available which will add structure to your training and nutrition.