Imagine this. You wake up in the morning (a little earlier than usual), but you’ve got energy because you got a good night’s sleep last night. To wake your body up, you do some morning yoga stretches and maybe even sweat a little. You then prepare a fresh and healthy breakfast of your choice while drinking your morning coffee. Eat.  Shower. Check “the news” aka. my social media feeds and readers. Get meals for the day packed (usually prepared the previous night). Get ready and head out the door.

Ah, the perfect morning. Sunshine and freakin’ rainbows.

When I have a morning like this, it’s hard not to be motivated. I’ve started my day moving, healthy and prepared. Mornings like these are key to a more fit lifestyle. I promise! Unfortunately, these are not my mornings 7 days a week, but I am trying really hard! I challenge you to try this with me :)

Here are some tips to help you make this a habit.

  • Getting a good night’s sleep – Get a Sleeping App on your smartphone. There are tons in the market, but if you’re curious, I recently started using “Sleep as Android“. (If you’re using a different one, please share!) It will help you track your sleep and wake up easier. Knowing my sleeping patterns really helped me with a “bed time” (and trust me, you need a bedtime and you need to follow it). You cannot be sleep deprived while trying to be fit.
  • Wake your body up – I love morning yoga. You don’t need any equipment, you can do it in your PJs and even in your bed! This one is one of my faves from Tara Stiles. Feel free to browse her channel – she is my favourite Youtube Yoga Guru!

  • Eat a well-balanced breakfast sitting down – When I sit down for breakfast, I am more relaxed and enjoy it more. It also allows me to think about my schedule that day calmly. On-the-go breakfasts, while sometimes necessary, are not my favourite. They leave me feeling unsatisfied and rushed. My go-to breakfasts?

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Clockwise from top left: 1) EGGS! They are my favourite thing to have for breakfast. An omelette is always a great idea because you can pack on whatever veggies you’ve got in your fridge on it . 2) OATMEAL – Usually, I like my oatmeal plain and then I’d eat some fruit and nuts with it on the side. But sometimes, I like to mix it up (literally). 3) Yogurt, Granola & Berries – You can’t go wrong with this classic! I like using just plain non-fat yogurt because the berries and granola (or cereal) usually have a lot of sweetness already. 4) SMOOTHIE – One of my favourite snacks ever! Can be made into a hearty breakfast depending on what you add in it. I usually do a little protein, spinach and whatever fruits I’ve got lying around. Here’s a Smoothie 101 for beginners blog post you may find useful :) {Please note that after breakfast, I eat my “morning snack” 2-3 hours after}

  • Lastly, PREPARE – Prepare your meals for the upcoming day the night before, your gym clothes, and anything else that can be prepared in advance. You will thank yourself for doing so :)

What would make your morning perfect? If you’ve got something to add to this list, or any other tips on how to start your day off right, comment please! I’d love to hear ’em.

**Featured photo taken by my very talented friend Sarah during one of our photo dates.

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