Everyone from your parents to health professionals have preached for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, is this really the case?
What you do in the morning really does set you up for the rest of the day.
So, start your day off right by adding these 8 things to your morning routine.
Grab a glass of water before your morning coffee
You might be tempted to go straight for the coffee when you first get out of bed, but starting your day with a glass of water rehydrates your body and can leave you feeling more awake and ready for the day.
Studies have also shown that those who start their day with a glass of water tend to go on to drink more water throughout the day than those who skip it.
Start as you mean to go on, as they say.
Make your bed
It might seem like silly but making your bed really can result in you having a more productive day.
Starting your morning by ticking off even a little task can leave you feeling motivated and ready to smash the rest of your to-do list.
Have a high protein breakfast
Studies have shown that starting your day with a high protein breakfast will leave you feeling fuller for longer and set you up for the day ahead.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out some of our favourite high protein breakfasts here.
Set yourself one goal for the day
Don’t bombard yourself with loads of little tasks straight away!
Setting a clear intention for the day will help you to approach the day feeling more focused and determined.
Get up 15 minutes earlier than you need to
Okay, okay, so we know this isn’t the most appealing thing in the world, but it really can help you be more productive throughout the day.
Giving yourself an extra 15 minutes means you can avoid any stress of running late and go into the rest of your day with a clear and relaxed mind.
Avoid your phone
Does anyone else check their phone as soon as they wake up? We’re glad it’s not just us…
Ease yourself into the world of technology and only check your phone after you have given yourself time to set your daily goals, enjoy breakfast and relax.
Open your curtains
Letting in some natural light can help to start your day right.
It has been proven that natural light can improve your mood and help you to perform tasks with more efficiency.
Admittedly, this might be a little less effective in the middle of winter…
Get yourself moving
Last but not least, getting up and moving is an excellent way to set you up for a productive day.
We know that hitting the gym or going for a run might not be possible for everyone first thing in the morning, but just a couple of stretching or yoga exercises will help to get your blood flowing to your muscles and brain, which can help to improve your energy levels throughout the day.