I’ve been trying to get into a solid morning routine where I can indulge in some self care and help me prepare for the day! Check out what I’ve been doing!
I found a quick, but effective workout on Pinterest called 6 Minute Before Shower Workout.
That workout consists of:
30 second plank
15 bicycle crunch
As soon as I get out of bed, I start my workout. I started doing this on Monday and it’s been working out pretty well so far!
I’m not a fan of exercising so this routine is a good start for me to get back into the groove of exercising again!
As listed, this part of my routine takes about 6 minutes.
After I do my workout, I do a sun salutation sequence. I like doing this sequence because the poses flow so well one after the other.
For those that don’t know, sun salutation is a set of 12 yoga poses that helps with stretching, flexing, and toning the muscles. It also offers health benefits like relaxing the mind and help your body produce energy.
After doing this yoga sequence, I jump in the shower and I actually have a few personal motivational affirmations that I say everyday while taking a shower. It’s helps me get into a good mindset in order to be able to take on the day!
This takes me about 3 minutes to complete my yoga stretches.
I then do a mini meditation session where I’ll listen to either a guided meditation or I listen to calming sounds on this app called Mindfulness. My favorite sounds to listen to are the beach sounds because that’s where I want to be everyday, all the time!
For my guided meditation, I listen to Michael Sealey on Youtube, he has a lot of options to choose from. Here is a link to one of the videos I like to listen to: Michael Sealey’s Guided Meditation
But I listen to the short 10-15 minute videos. It consists of soothing background music as he provides instructions on helping you to completely relax during the meditation session. His voice is so calming I can listen to him talk all day! Haha
I spend on average 10-15 minutes during my meditation sessions. If I have more time in the morning, then I’ll extend my session. If I wake up late or don’t have a lot of time in the morning, I listen to Mindfulness App for 5 minutes so I can still get in my meditation for the morning. Believe me, it makes a difference!
MUSIC IS LIFE!
After my mini meditation session, I start to get dressed and ready for work. As I’m doing that, I listen to my favorite upbeat songs on Pandora or my favorite tunes on Youtube to give me some energy before leaving my place.
It may sound like a lot of things that I do, but it really isn’t. And once you get a good flow going, it’ll be easier to do.
I’ve been noticing that I have more energy in the mornings because of my routine that I’ve come up with, so I’m happy to see the improvement!
I hope this gives you good some ideas on coming up with a morning routine for yourself!
Do you have a self care morning routine?! If so, what do you like to do to prepare for the day?!
Stretching is normally done before exercising, before performing a strenuous sport, or if you have an injury. But there are other reasons, good reasons, why we should be stretching at least once a day! Here are the benefits of stretching:
1. Increases Flexibility
Stretching everyday improves your flexibility to help you perform everyday activities with ease and can also delay the aging process relating to your mobile ability.
2. Increases Blood Flow To Your Muscles
When you stretch on a regular basis, you improve circulation and improves blood flow to your muscles. This as a result, can reduce muscle soreness.
3. Improves Your Posture
Imbalances in your muscles can lead to poor posture. When light strength training is paired with stretching, this can reduce muscuskeletal pain and encourage proper alignment.
4. Stress Reliever
When you’re stressed, there is a great possibility that your muscles are tense. This is because our muscles usually tighten in response to physical and emotional stress. Wherever you tend to hold your stress (in your back, neck, shoulders,etc) focus on stretching those areas to help relieve your stress.
5. Calms You Mind
When you stretch on a regular basis, this can help calm your mind. While stretching, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises. If you need help with these exercises, check out this post that has all the tips you need: Easy Meditation Tips
6. May Decrease Tension Headaches
With proper diet, hydration, and rest, stretching may be a great help in decreasing the tension you feel from headaches.
A Few Tips For Stretching
-Look online to find stretch routines for a specific body part. You can Google it or use Pinterest.com.
-You should feel a little tension when stretching, but it should never hurt! So don’t stretch beyond the point of comfort.
-You should check with your physician before doing these stretches, especially if you have an injury or had one in the past. Safety always comes first!
So If you don’t normally stretch, come up with a quick and easy routine and you’ll see what difference it makes for your body! Thanks for reading!