There are so many of us out there who are guilty of not looking after ourselves properly. Hands up if you’re always tired, but you don’t get enough sleep? Are you often wide-awake at night wondering why, but you guzzle lots of caffeinated drinks during the day? Are you always feeling run-down and getting ill? Do you wish you were a ‘morning person’ but resemble something more like a cave person at daybreak?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the post for you. Read on to find out how to detox and turbo boost your daily routine so that you’re feeling great and are ready to take on any challenge the day throws at you – and all in just 5 manageable steps too!
1. Early rise: Forcing yourself to wake up when your alarm goes off, no matter how tired you feel, can help kick start your body. Completing your morning duties at a leisurely pace can mean that by the time you get into work, or school, you’ll already be more awake and ready to go than if you hit snooze a few times and do everything in a rush. For most waking between 6.30am and 7.30am is optimal.
2. Be consistent: No matter what time you decide is best for you to wake up, make sure that you’re up at the exact same time every single morning (and indeed asleep every evening). Our bodies are creatures of habit and really love it when you have a natural cycle to your sleep pattern. Waking up at the same time every day will make the mornings easier, because your body clock will eventually adapt to naturally wake you up around this time, making it less of a mammoth task to just get up and go! (Of course, there’s always Sundays for a cheeky lie-in, I won’t begrudge anyone that!)
3. Never skip breakfast: It is a cardinal sin to believe that skipping any meal, particularly breakfast, will help you to lose weight or won’t do any harm. They don’t say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing. Having breakfast not only gives you an energy boost to help you start your day, it also kick-starts your metabolism. Of course, a healthy breakfast of something consisting of fruit, yoghurt, muesli, cereals or porridge will really help those energy levels. Banana and peanut butter are fantastic for slow release energy that lasts throughout the day.
4. Drink plenty of water: Science recommends 8 glasses of liquid a day, and all the better if you make it a cool glass of water. Water will naturally make you feel more alert and keep those energy levels up to get you through the day. If you’re feeling an energy lag, don’t make for the coffee machine, grab water instead – it’ll perk you up and has the added bonus of no sugar or caffeine crash later on. Lots of water each day also boosts your immune system and does spectacular things for your skin and skin tone, making it look glowing and healthy.
5. Good night’s sleep: The time you go to sleep is just as important as your rise time. We go through cycles during our sleep (see, told you our bodies were creatures of habit) that consist of light and deep sleep patterns. During the heavy sleep is where our body is properly resting, repairing and recovering, and during the light periods is where our body would be ready to wake up without feeling groggy. Most people need a few sleep cycles each night to feel fully rested the next day. If you wake up during a deep sleep period you’re going to feel really, really rubbish. If you’re regularly sleeping and waking at the same time each day, your body will adapt to make sure that you’re in a light period of sleep at around the time you’re due to wake up. In the meantime, while you’re training your sleep cycle into it’s routine, Sleepyti.me is a great site that will tell you the optimum times to go to sleep or to set your alarm for, so you get the best nights sleep possible.
So there you have five simple, manageable steps to boost your energy levels and help you power through each day feeling great. You can follow the fives steps each day to really detox your routine, or even tackle one area at a time. Let us know in the comments what your daily routine looks like and whether you have any secret methods for looking and feeling great all day long?
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