Thursday, August 6, 2015

10 Easy Morning Tricks to Help you Stay Healthy - Guest Post

I'm pleased to share this delightful list of 'tricks' by blogger Bryn Huntpalmer of 
Her Own Wings.  These photos are so gorgeous and inviting too. I have 'stalked' her blog some and like what I see there, and can testify that these No-Carb Zucchini Pancakes  were very tasty! 

From Bryn's website:
When I’m not over-sharing on the internet or raising tiny humans, I work as the Senior Content Manager for Modernize.com – a home decor and inspiration website. 

Thanks Bryn for sharing! 


10 Easy Morning Tricks to Help You Stay Healthy
By Bryn Huntpalmer



Wake up. Drink coffee. Get dressed. Work. Come home. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Our lives are built around daily rituals, which rarely change and can affect our health in more ways than we know. Whether we realize it or not, our morning habits can shape the rest of the day, for better or for worse. Here are 10 of the easiest ways to kick start your day the healthy way.

1. Rise and shine
Waking up with the sun is tough at first, but it helps get you moving and keeps your own circadian rhythms in check. If the sun doesn’t come up until 8:00 or later (thank you, winter), consider investing in an alarm clock that wakes you up with light rather than jolting buzzers and bells. Your nervous system will thank you.

2. Water first
Before tucking in to your morning cup of coffee, drink a large glass of water to help rehydrate your body. Add lemon and warm the water to help flush out toxins. Even better, ditch the caffeine altogether (as if that were an option) and stick to water, green tea, and fresh fruit smoothies.

3. Get outside
Regardless of the weather, try to step outside for a few minutes to breathe fresh air. Amazingly, it really helps to wake up all the senses and remind you that you’re alive and part of something so much bigger than yourself.


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4. Break your fast
We all know that skipping breakfast is a no-no, but we often overload on carbohydrates and bad fats in our morning meal. Stick to fruit, oats, and a little dairy to give your digestive system the start it needs every day.

5. Meditate
Meditation isn’t just for the religious. By sitting calmly and focusing on your breathing, you can feel instantly calmer and ready to tackle your to do list for the day. Try it; it really does work!


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 via Modernize

6. Happy music
Listening to upbeat, happy music in the morning helps you to feel lighter and less burdened by the mountain of chores or tasks you have in front of you. Set your alarm to your favorite song or blast a feel-good album in the car on the way to work and you will be on track for a happier, healthier you.

7. Exercise
Exercise and physical health go hand in hand, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you should complete an Insanity DVD every morning before 7:00am. A few good stretches can do wonders for your joints, muscles, and mind.


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8. Shower
Showering daily not only helps to keep you physically clean (obviously!) but also helps to wake you up. Use an invigorating citrus shower gel or put a few drops of essential oil in the shower to wake up your senses and clean off your body. Get extra healthy by dry brushing your body and sloughing off all your dead skin cells.

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9. Plan your day
Making a to-do list helps keep your brain organized and focused, and a happy brain equals a happier and healthier outlook on life. People who feel good mentally are more likely to feel good physically, too.

10. Affirm
If the idea of meditation makes you uneasy, then affirmation will seem even harder. Keep it simple and try to look yourself in the eye while brushing teeth and repeat a few positive thoughts. You ARE kind, you ARE smart, you ARE important. (Thank you, The Help, for my daily mantra!)

By mixing up your morning routine to include healthy and positive choices, you will be well on your way to a fitter, happier you. Now, if only you could remember where you left those car keys...

Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize and nurtures her HGTV obsession. In addition to regularly contributing to Home Decor and Design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker, About.com and on her personal blog Her Own Wings.