Waking up in the morning is one of those blessings that many of us tend to take for granted. We often get up (perhaps after pressing snooze a couple times) and start rushing about our day, whatever that entails for each of us. But I find that the morning can be a great time to set the tone for the day and give ourselves some extra love. Here are some of my favourite tips for getting out of bed and starting the day right.
Former Instagram model Essena O’Neill recently posted a video about why she was quitting social media that caused quite a stir in the online community. Even though the original video is now off YouTube, there are plenty of others who continue to spread her message. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1Qyks8QEM
Even though the video isn’t fun to watch, it raises some important topics. In the video, an emotional O’Neill lets the public know that her social media fame led to nothing but insecurities and self-judgement. Prior to the viral video, I had never heard of Essena O’Neill but I’m glad that I did.
I know that pressing snooze is oh so tempting, but try waking up at the time that your alarm is set. You know, the early bird gets the worm and all that jazz, but here are some great reasons why waking up earlier is a great way to kick start your day.
Positivity is a choice. One we can forget to make but is so beneficial to the quality of our lives when we remember to. Positive thoughts have the ability to make you feel happier, make the most of situations and realise what you have. Negative attitudes breed negative results and changing your focus to more positivities, possibilities and solutions is much more fulfilling than giving into worries or doubt.
Do you dread working out?
See it as a chore?
Well, you aren’t alone but believe you me, working out can be fun, not to mention incredibly rewarding! Those that are able to find joy in working out are much more likely to pursue it for the long run, which is where the benefits come in anyway. The following tips will help you enjoy to your work out:
Imagination can have a profound affect on your life. One of my favourite things about exercising is that it takes my mind to an undisturbed place, free of worry and negativity. Many people work out to look better, but exercising makes you feel better as well (hello, endorphins!). Every time you work out, think about how you want to look and feel and how hard you are willing to work to make that change. The fact that you are taking charge is incredibly rewarding.
- Form a Habit
Decide on working out for ___ times a week. Stick to your plan and eventually it will become a habit. Making it a habit makes it easy to continue and, before you know it, you will be looking forward to your scheduled work outs.
- Challenge Yourself/Create Fitness Goals
It’s not supposed to be easy, or everyone would be doing it. It is a mental and physical challenge that you must dedicate yourself to. Set goals, such as reaching 100 sit ups in one setting or moving up in weights in a certain amount of time. Always listen to your body; learn the difference between bone ache and muscle ache, but never stop challenging yourself (even if it’s only in increments).
- Try Different Things
Not everyone is going to enjoy the same work out. Some people prefer running, others despise it, and the same can be said about any exercise routines. There are SO many options for working out that saying “I don’t like working out. Period.” is the worst excuse in the book. Find a work out that excites you. This will help keep it challenging and fun!
Music can change your mood and it is no different with working out. Many people find it easier to run and engage in physical activity with music. Create a soundtrack that motivates you.
- Track Your Progress
You can take pictures at the start of your work out (those “before” shots) and snap along as you advance. This kind of visual cue is incredibly rewarding. Alternatively, write your progress down in a book. Keep track of how long you worked out for, what was easier for you and what you added. All these details will continue to improve and grow as you do, too.
- Have a Blast!
Yes, sometimes you might feel like giving up or that the last rep is absolutely impossible. But that is often just your mind tricking you into submission. Turn challenges into rewarding opportunities. When you do that jab-cross-hook-uppercut sequence, picture yourself as Mike Tyson. When you are dipping low into those plie squats, become a ballerina (see header picture for example :). Calf raises? Super woman stance is the best for these!
There are so many ways to have fun with this. And once you do, as I have found, you will be looking forward to your next work. Now go and ENJOY!
Lots of love xx
This is my favourite morning yoga pose. It’s great for stretching and really starting your body up, as well as allowing you to listen to what your body needs. You can feel your way into this movement and make your own variations (as to how deep to go, how far out to stretch, etc). Listen to your body.
Start by going on all fours. Wrists under the shoulders, knees underneath the hips. Press up and out into table top, whilst extending to the crown of the head.
Inhale cat/cow, bringing the heart forward, allowing the stomach skin to stretch. Travel the spine slowly, slooowly. This is a morning routine after all.
Exhale and move your way up from the tail by pressing up and out of the tops of your feet and your palms. Release crown of the head. Repeat.
Inhale into table top. Curl your toes and walk fingertips towards your thigh tops. Inhale. Open palms and shoulders to reach up above you. Exhale to release back. Rest the tops of your feet back down and sit on them whilst widening your knees. Go back onto all fours.
Reach fingertips forward. Come forward, scoooping. Inhale. Exhale and extend child’s pose, then continue inhaling and exhaling whilst rounding the spine and creating a fluid movement from left to right, or right to left. Allow the movement to be slow and fluid and feel how your body wants to move.