Waking up from a good night’s sleep is a great feeling – your mind will be fresh and your body will be ready for the day ahead, but how long will it be before the energy slump hits and your body starts feeling the pressure?
While getting plenty of rest is a great start, the real challenge is making sure your daily routine prolongs your early morning energy levels.
Below is a simple guide to organising your day so that your body feels great right up to bedtime.
After waking in the morning, dedicate a few minutes to stretching in order to prepare your muscles for the day ahead. Stretching improves circulation and promotes relaxation, and if you have a desk job can be particularly beneficial for relieving any discomfort.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Extensive research highlights that eating a healthy breakfast can be highly advantageous – not only for managing your weight but also for your energy, stamina and concentration levels. Choose low fat options such as porridge, wholemeal bread or toast, egg, low fat yoghurt and fresh fruit to get the most benefits.
Take a break outside
Taking regular breaks to get some fresh air throughout the day will provide an instant energy and positivity boost. Walking around will help to loosen your muscles, while enjoying a touch of sunshine will lift your spirits because the sun’s rays stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain.
Sit up straight
It can be very easy to slouch at your desk, but poor posture – particularly while sitting down – can lead to back pain. Taking yoga or pilates classes can help to relieve the effects of sitting down in an uncomfortable position all day, while massage therapy is beneficial for relieving muscle tension and soothing pain.
We breathe around 20,000 times a day but very rarely do we really focus on how we breathe. Taking time out to practise breathing techniques will help to relax your body and improve your concentration and productivity. It can also help to take your mind off any aches or pains that may be affecting your energy levels.
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