Morning Person. Healthier or Not?
Posted by Natalie Simone
Last week we talked about the Daylight Savings and loosing an hour and how that can really affect you sleeping…or really your waking. Being a morning person is something I’ve always aspired to be but can’t seem to truly manage to achieve. As I continue to read lifestyle articles from all sorts of media publications a continual message is that the proverbial early bird gets that worm.
Are early risers more successful? This is all in how you define success. But let’s be general for the article’s sake. Jawbone UP fitness trackers recently reported to the Huffington Post that it has analyzed data from 850,000 of their devices and found some interesting stats. One being that users who went to bed at a consistent time, earlier than 11pm, every night ate more nutritious foods throughout the day and logged fewer calories total. Compared to users who went to bed between 11pm and 3am who consumed more caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, processed carbs and meats and saturated fat! Whoa – what a list.
Here are ways to do it!
- Start slow
Ease your way into getting up earlier. If you get up at 8am and your goal is 6am don’t just rework your alarm on day 1. You will set yourself up for grogginess. Try just 30 mins earlier, a week at a time, to get to your goal wake up time.
- Develop a Morning Routine
What is it you are getting up for? Think through what your morning routine will be. For me, I would want to include: a nice cup of tea, walking my wonderful puppy a mile, a beauty regiment and getting ready for work.
This is such an easy yet often overlooked thing to do that will improve your body on a long term basis. Simply dedicate about 10 minutes of your morning to light to medium stretching. Always listen to your body and don’t take it too far. You should not be in pain while stretching.
- Accomplish Something
This will vary depending on what you want to get out of your morning. Perhaps you want to wake up and dedicate time to walking your dog one mile before you start the day. Maybe you want to get a head start on the stock market news or you want to prep your kid’s lunch for school. Add something new to your routine that will feel like an accomplishment.
This could be THE most important and fun part of waking up early. Again, this will depend you as a person and what your life looks is like. A reward should be something that is non destructive like … do not eat ice cream as a reward for getting up early. 🙂 Reward yourself by having the time to sit and enjoy you cup of tea or coffee. Read your favorite blog’s newest post. Something to that extent.