We all have different types of morning rituals.
Some stumble to get out of bed in the morning…
Some just hit the snooze button repeatedly and tack on an extra 10 or 20 more minutes…
Some just get up as soon as the alarm goes off.
Some check their phones before breakfast.
Some read the newspaper while eating breakfast.
Some eat their breakfast and then go for a run.
There are about millions of ways a morning could go.
Whether you’re a morning person or not, how you start your day affects your mood, productivity, and efficiency throughout the day. Those first waking moments really can determine whether the choices you make for the rest of the day are good choices… or not so good choices. So it's important to start your day with some good morning habits that will keep you on track.
Here are the three most common mistakes people make that can ruin more than just your morning…
1. YOU OVERSLEEP
If you google it, there'll be research out there that says too little sleep makes you gain weight, and more research that suggests too MUCH sleep makes you gain weight. The amount of sleep you get affects your cortisol levels in different ways, blah blah blah.
The fact is, if you oversleep you end up rushing around, potentially skipping breakfast, missing your morning workout, forgetting your lunch. It all puts a downer on what could be such a pleasant, peaceful morning and you're bad (or maybe just lazy) mood will follow you round for the rest of the day.
And we all know that we don't tend to make the best decisions when we're in a bad mood!
2. YOU DON'T MAKE YOUR BED
This may sound silly, but Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, writes in his book that making your bed in the morning, as soon as you get out of it, can spawn other good behaviours.
It's a demonstration of willpower that may carry over to keeping your calorie count in check and your schedule on track.
3. YOU SKIP BREAKFAST
We've all heard that saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Well, it's true!
Ever think of what "breakfast" means? Your body responds to not eating for hours and hours by slowing down its metabolic rate. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine revved up, burning those calories you need to lose weight.
Also, when you skip breakfast, you're so hungry by lunchtime you want to eat WAY more then what you would normally. Hello, weight gain!
Make your bed
And your on track for a successful day!
If you can stick to this simple morning routine, you can stick to anything, including your diet and fitness programme.