March 20th, 2014

5 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

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Groovy Green Livin Healthy Habits for a Morning Routine

My morning routine needs a makeover. The past few mornings have been rough. Thanks to Daylight Saving Time we have sprung ahead into very dark mornings. The combination of cold temps and darkness make for a very active snooze button. I just don’t want to get out of bed. 

How you begin your morning often sets the pace and tone for the rest of the day. Over the years I’ve found it extremely important to add a few simple healthy habits to my morning routine to help start the day off on the right foot.

As an aside, these are things that work for me and they might not work for you. It’s extremely important to figure out what morning routine fits into your life and own it. If you don’t, it won’t last.

Here are 5 of my favorites to add to my morning routine:

  1. Floss. Did you know that flossing your teeth  can extend your life and improve your gum health-yes it can! Brushing your teeth without flossing is like cleaning 70% of your body.  Everyone should be flossing-if you have teeth you should floss. Make sure you’re using floss without petroleum and Teflon. HERE are a few safe alternatives.
  2. Sunscreen. There’s no question, the best form of sun protection is to stay out of the sun (although a little outdoor time is recommended for much needed Vitamin D). It’s not realistic to stay out of the sun or cover-up 24/7 so we need to turn to sunscreen for some additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Find a safe, non-toxic sunscreen (don’t use a spray) and apply it every morning before you head outside.
  3. Exercise. Working out in the morning jump starts your metabolism and gives you an energy boost that will many times last throughout the day. I’ve been exercising in the morning for years and it works. Once it becomes part of your morning routine you won’t want to give it up. Remember to find a form of exercise that you love so you can stick with it.
  4. Screen-FreeI have to admit that most mornings I’m drawn to my phone to check emails and catch up on the latest news. But that can all wait. Take an hour or so for yourself before diving in.
  5. Breakfast.  We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there’s a very good reason: a healthy meal in the morning can balance your mood and help you handle what the day has in store for you. HERE are a few of my favorite foods to eat before my run or visit to the gym.

What are your favorite healthy habits in the morning?

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14 Responses to “5 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine”

  1. My morning routine incorporates some yoga as it combines several stress management techniques, such as diaphragmic breathing, meditation, stretching, etc. I find it great way to start my morning!

  2. I love the suggestion to floss in the AM. Maybe it will help me do it more often – LOL!
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  3. I know Micaela! Flossing is just one more thing to add to the morning routine, but it’s so key. I just keep it next to my toothbrush, hoping that I’ll remember. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t!

  4. I love the screen free tip! We’re on the computer all day, why check my email before bfast?!
    Lindsay recently posted..A skeptics take on oil pullingMy Profile

  5. OMG. Floss floss FLOSS!!! I’m paying the price after ignoring this in my 20’s. I also use a Chrome extension called “StayFocused” to keep me off Facebook in the morning. It helps!

  6. I can’t do no screen time since that is my time to work but I do shut down in the evenings (most nights) I seriously need to floss more. Thanks for the reminder!!

  7. I must admit, I rarely use sunscreen. I try to avoid the sun as much as possible during the hottest times of the day but Im sure I get more than I should!

  8. Flossing seems to be a common comment here Trina. You’re not alone!

  9. Do you use sunscreen in the summer Diane? I’m the complete opposite. I have it on constantly!

  10. Sunscreen… I am the worst. My skin gets so irritated by it, I have yet to find one I can live with daily.

  11. […] Want to add a few healthy habits to your morning routine? […]

  12. My hubz and I sit together, having coffee, and watching the birds come to our feeder. It’s relaxing and calming, and gives us a chance to connect before our busy day starts. It’s one of my favorite times of day!
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  13. That sounds so lovely and relaxing. What a great way to start the day!

  14. […] like cleaning 70% of your body.  It’s quite simple: if you have teeth you should floss.  Flossing your teeth every day is a simple way to extend your life and improve your gum health. Seek out a floss that […]

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