Morning Routines To Start Your Day Off Right ..

Morning Routines To Start Your Day Off Right ..

I really enjoy the great information that Kris Carr has to offer .. She is so insightful and gives very knowledgable health tips and tricks to get the best out of life.

The way you start your day off is crucial to your health, wealth, and attitude.

Here are some great tips and tricks to start your days off on the right foot.

1. Use a gentle alarm

If you need to set an alarm, make sure it’s soft and sweet. There’s nothing worse for your adrenals than the blaring sound of an obnoxious alarm (like the ones in most of my hotel rooms. What are they thinking?). Instead, choose something like a subtle chime that slowly brings you back into consciousness. Ahhh… Good morning, angel.

2. Drink a juice or smoothie before the coffee

People always ask me if I drink coffee in the morning. The answer? Sometimes! But I always feel better when I put something healthy in my stomach before my tea or coffee. Drinking a smoothie with good fats and protein or a green juice loaded with vitamins and minerals helps me avoid overdoing the caffeine and all the crashes that come with it. Try this tip, I swear it will change your day! And don’t forget to drink a big ol’ glass of water with lemon upon rising. Your liver and bowels will thank you.

3. Write

One of the best ways to get to know yourself and practice loving kindness is to write about your thoughts and feelings. Talk to yourself on the page. Ask questions and listen for the answers. If you have nothing to say, write “I have nothing to say” over and over until you do. Or try something like “If I did have something to share, what would it be?” Just get the conversation going.

4. Go inside

For those interested in meditation, sitting in silence is a great way to embrace the healing space between thoughts. I always feel so comforted when I give myself the gift of meditation. If you’re new to this practice, just sit in a comfortable position for 10 minutes and focus on your breath. When a thought comes (and it will), acknowledge it by saying something like “thinking” to yourself and then try to let it go (that may not be possible right away—don’t worry if that’s the case). You can also use counting or a mantra to anchor your attention. Try counting from 1-10. Again, if a thought comes, pause, say “thinking” and resume where you left off.

An example of a mantra I like to use is “I am love.” Do whatever works for you and don’t be hard on yourself. I recently took a workshop with one of my favorite teachers, Pema Chodron. Pema is a Buddhist nun who has been meditating for more than 40 years. I nearly fell off my cushion when she joked about being terrible at meditating! (She has the best sense of humor and is one of the kindest, gentlest teachers.) She shared this with us so we would stop beating ourselves up for being sucky meditators. If Pema can have compassion for her practice, so can we.

5. Awaken your bodyThis summer I spent a lot of time hiking and swimming. I’d get up early, walk for 45 minutes and then jump in my pool and do some laps. On the days I started with movement, I felt amazing. My mood was perky, my attention and focus were strong and I felt more vibrant. It’s no wonder that some of the most productive people in the world say that exercising before they go to work is the secret to their success. Forget the gym if that’s not your thing. Do a series of sun salutes. Or dance as you blow dry your hair. Just try to move your body a little more than you did yesterday. Even if you only have five minutes, do some squats. Brush your teeth and strengthen your thighs! It all adds up

The O-Board Says…

A. Deadlift: 3-3-3-3-3
every 75s

B. 5 rounds of 3 minutes on / 1 minute off:

5 deadlift
10 hang clean
15 Wall Balls

Posted by: Annie