• Deanne Pandey

Add to your years with this morning routine

How you start your day definitely navigate your energy and mood but did you know it is strongly connected to longevity? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but look at what some people can accomplish in a week, a month, or a year. These people, especially those living in the blue zones are known for embracing the process, taking action, and needing very little time to make key decisions. Operating at this level requires a lot of physical energy, mental clarity, and drive, all of which stem largely from a healthy morning routine. Many of the same principles that make people more productive also improve their health and well-being. For instance, eating proteins and healthy fats at breakfast raises your levels of motivational neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and acetylcholine. The same habit also stabilizes blood sugar and lowers inflammation. Whether it’s hiking, yoga, or weight training, morning routine increases mental clarity, energy levels, and even creativity. It also greatly increases your chances of eating healthier throughout the day. In essence, a healthy morning routine creates the physical and mental momentum to keep you going throughout the day. Unfortunately, many people’s routines consist mainly of hitting the snooze button, reaching for caffeine and sugar to increase energy, wishing for more motivation, reaching for more caffeine and sugar, and then spending most of the morning craving lunch. But what they don’t realise is, that all of these factors affect your age considerably and adversely affects your longevity. That is why it is very important to build the perfect morning routine.

Here are some things your need to add to your morning routine to live a healthier a d longer life-

  1. Stretching- Stretching your muscles is important to keep your musculoskeletal system in peak performance. Stretching has been shown to alleviate aches and pains allowing you to live a more fruitful life. In addition, stretching dramatically improves mental and physical performance. Stretch every day to reach your ultimate potential as you age.

  2. Daily dose of Vitamin D- When exposed to the sun, your body produces vitamin D. This improves your wellbeing and mood. However, too much exposure to the sun can cause permanent damage to your DNA. Be sure to get at least 15 minutes of sunlight per day, preferably in the morning before 10 am. If you live in a cold place consider using a sun lamp.

  3. Adequate Sleep- High quality sleep is the most important way to live a longer and healthier life. Sleeping too few hours contributes to depression, heart disease, and chronic pain. Sleeping for enough hours will also focus your mind, making you feel younger and smarter. Make sure to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night.

  4. Social Circle- Keep your brain active through social stimulation. Keeping up with your friends will improve your mood and keep your wits sharp. These conversations help prevent Alzheimer’s and other mental diseases. Make sure to socialize everyday to stay sharp, alert, happy and healthy.

  5. Insulin Hike- Eating too much sugar prevents repair of collagen and elastin fibers in your skin. This damage makes you less attractive. Furthermore, excess sugar is a key contributor to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Keep your body healthy by avoiding processed sugars whenever possible.

Try your best to incorporate these in your morning routine and add to your life expectancy!

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