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Rejoice In The Brillance of Your New Morning Routine

  O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.- Psalms 90:14

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (Photo credit: FadderUri)

As we close the 5 Day Challenge, I have found that prayer is one of the best ways to really organize and be in alignment with “your” needed outcomes is by saying a prayer or by at least being in one with God.  [Hopefully, you have noticed “your” is in quotes…He guides us toward the blueprint he has already planned!] From Psalms 90:14, we can learn from this verse that when we get up in the morning, it is good for us to give Him praise for allowing us to see our day. If you do pray, would this be an excellent prayer to get your morning routine on the right start toward a healthy lifestyle?  Sometimes we do not need a verse, but we just need a little boost from the word , and that alone will get us on an organized path toward a morning routine that would be fulfilling. My intent was to get you to think and challenge you with a few questions about organizing your morning routine.  We have covered key areas of a morning routine, and they include:

  • exercising
  • social media
  • water
  • the alarm
  • prayer

Each of these areas should assist you in having an organized morning. Review the written sessions that have been provided in the past five days and compare them to what you have done upon waking up.  The mini lessons provided in this virtual course are worthy.  Remember, in order to make any change, you will have to have the will to do the changing, and I know that you can do it! To end such a wonderful challenge I leave you with this verse, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105”  No matter what path you chose, remember that His word will guide your will in becoming a stronger and healthier person.

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Day 4: Water, Water, Water…and a Morning Routine

Water is an amazing liquid where it helps us to remain healthy.  Though when we think of our morning routine, we often think about coffee first; however, we are going to take this beverage of choice, water a few steps further where it will benefit you in the long run and help your body over time.  Now if I were in the room speaking to you, I’d ask you…

Do you remember the chart that has been floating through social media about water, and it’s benefits?

You’d probably ask which one, and at the same time raise your hands.  Don’t feel left out, if you aren’t familiar here is one that speaks to the health reasons why you must drink water:

However, there are even more health benefits to drinking water that will just make you drink that one glass of water prior to getting out of bed especially if you are a woman.

Water does so much for the human that it can not be something to skip.  Water does a body good and it’s something that you should become more familiar with in your morning routine.

Assignment:  How much water do you drink a day?  When do you drink your water?  Do you include lemon or flavored water in your count?  Do you find drinking water difficult?  If so, how do you keep yourself hydrated?

Whew…I know there are a lot of questions, but these are some really good questions that you need to ask yourself if you are willing to make a healthy change to your morning routine.

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Day 3: Exercising in the Morning Does…

English: The bike paths in Santa Monica and Ve...

English: The bike paths in Santa Monica and Venice Beach give you a breath of fresh air when you are working out on a StreetStrider. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s kind of interesting, but I don’t mind working out in the morning or in the afternoon. However, I have noticed that working out in the afternoon, I have to encourage myself more.  I guess it is because of the all day work routine and then trying to gather the energy to workout in the afternoon.

The reason that I have brought this to your attention about what to to to organize your morning routine is that the morning workout may be best for you or not.  You will have to try it before you say that it isn’t for you.  Remember that the purpose of this 5 day challenge is for you to really dig deep into what you do, whether or not what you do is health, and where you may need to make a few changes.

Let’s look at a few things about a morning workout:

  1. Burn more calories during the day–“”Either start off with a good breakfast or a good workout,” she says. “If you’re going to work out within an hour of waking up, then don’t eat. But if you can’t work out within an hour of waking up, then eat. Either your workout or eating a healthy breakfast is going to jumpstart your metabolism.” (Shy)
  2. Healthier state of mind–“Here’s another reason why your brain loves physical exercise: it promotes the growth of new brain cells.” (11Steps)
  3. Better sleep at night–“One study of overweight women between the ages of 50 to 75 showed that those who engaged in consistent morning exercise (about four hours a week) slept better than those who exercised less. The evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep – even if they fit in the four hours a week.” (Davis)

Though there are only three reasons to work out in the morning the one thing that I learned while researching is that morning workouts become routine, because of the way that we as humans work.  It’s like an appointment and we have it in our minds that this is one of the steps to our day.

Assignment:  Try a morning workout three times over the course of three weeks.  See what works best for you and your schedule. I’d love to hear what you found easiest or more habit forming for you!

 

References:

Davis, Jeanie Lerche. “Lose Weight With Morning Exercise”  WebMD.  July 22, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/lose-weight-with-morning-exercise.

Shy, Leta.  How to Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning.  Fox Magazine.  July 22, 2014 http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/how-boost-your-metabolism-morning

“11 steps to a better brain”  July 22, 2013.  http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/new_scientist.html

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