Mornings are wonderful: they’re a chance to begin a new day, accomplish tasks and take another step toward your goals. But how exactly can you ensure that you’re starting your day on the right foot in order to better your health, increase energy and ensure productivity?! Well, it’s not with a bowl of sugary cereal – we’ll say that! As we age, it’s more important than ever to prioritize your health, both mentally and physically. Taking a few minutes in the morning to care for yourself before doing anything else can make your entire day flow more seamlessly. Here are 6 of the best morning routine ideas for women who want to stay healthy, happy and strong into the 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.
Healthy Morning Routine Idea #1: Meditate or Pray
You might think that you need to spend 20 minutes in silence to get the benefits of a meditative state, but that’s not true! Even if you just have a few minutes, starting your day with gratitude and intention can put your mind in the right headspace. The health benefits of just a few minutes of meditation can reduce stress, steady your breathing, and improve your mood—something that’s increasingly important in menopause when fluctuating hormones can cause mood swings or unpleasant feelings. Do it before you leave your bedroom or even before you leave the bed. Just focus on your breath for a few minutes, pray for those around you and set a positive intention for the day ahead. It may just surprise you how much this can relieve anxiety and instill calmness as you approach the day (rather than reaching for your phone first thing).
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Daily Routine Idea #2: Drink 16 Ounces of Water
As you look for morning routine ideas, there are few better than starting your day with 16 ounces of water. This will flush your system of toxins and rehydrate after not drinking anything during the night. Bonus points for adding lemon to your water; this simple practice alkalizes your body, balances pH levels, helps your digestive system, and gives your immune system a boost for the day ahead. What’s not to love? I’ve been starting my day with lemon water for years, and so has my mother! I remember growing up I’d watch her do this simple practice—it is truly a great way to balance your body and start your day on a healthy note.
Healthy Morning Routine Idea #3: Eat Breakfast
All right, this one is for all those breakfast skippers out there. We’ve got some bad news: you’re not doing your health any favors. Not only does skipping breakfast slow down your metabolism, but it can make you cranky, tired, and less productive at work. Stoke your metabolic fire by eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast—even if it’s something you can grab-and go. Set aside a bag of nuts and some Greek yogurt, make our delicious green protein smoothie, or grab a banana to go as a part of a healthy morning routine. Getting some fuel in your body before you start your day is key to a healthy morning routine for women!
Morning Routine For Women Idea #4: Take a Multivitamin
I take a multivitamin every single day. While I’m a huge proponent of getting the nutrients your body needs from food first and supplements second, taking a daily vitamin, in addition to eating healthy, can help ensure your body stays in top condition even on days when you don’t have time to eat home-cooked, nutrient-dense meals.
My favorite multivitamin is New Chapter’s Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin because it’s made with certified organic vegetables and herbs. I love that New Chapter vitamins are different than other multivitamins; they’re made with easily digestible vitamins and minerals that have been fermented with probiotics and whole foods, making them gentle enough to take on an empty stomach. Vitamins are a good idea for anyone, but especially if you’re a woman over 50, taking supplements as a part of your daily routine is a must.
Idea #5: Stay Off Your Phone
Yep, I’m giving you permission to NOT check your email or social media first thing in the morning, which can raise your blood pressure and start your day on a stressful note. Now, for those of you saying “But Chris! I NEED to check my email at 5 in the morning for my job,” I’m going to ask you to take a cue from the French, who just passed a law protecting workers’ “right to disconnect.” The law requires companies to set specific hours after the work day when their staff shouldn’t send or answer emails in order to prevent burnout. We’re challenging you to try and take a few minutes as a part of your healthy morning routine to meditate, feed yourself, and nourish your body and mind before leaping to check your inbox and notifications.
Idea #6: Do A Quick Workout or Stretch
Who says you don’t have time to workout? Just 10 minutes can burn calories (roughly 100 for the average person working at a good intensity), rev your metabolism, and energize you for the day ahead! If you struggle with motivation to workout in the morning, make sure you check out our tricks to becoming a morning exerciser. Get your heart pumping with this simple workout to start your day feeling healthy and strong with these healthy habits for women.
Healthy Morning Routine: 10-Minute Workout
Do this sequence 3 times total.
1 minute of light jogging in place
Jumping Jacks: 30 seconds
Squat Jumps: 30 seconds
Push-Ups: 30 seconds
Mountain Climbers: 30 seconds
1 minute of rest before you repeat
Feel intimidated with all of these morning routine ideas for women? Just pick 1 or two to start. And do you want to know the great thing about starting even just one healthy habit? Most often, once you start one healthy habit, the next one comes much more easily! Like when you start your day without checking your phone and instead practicing meditation or prayer, you’ll feel more energy to tackle your workout. Then after your workout, you might crave a healthy salad for lunch rather than something heavy. When you choose one healthy habit, you set yourself up for success and pretty soon you’ll have a daily morning routine you can’t live without.
And there you have it. You’re setting your body and mind up for a healthy, happy day ahead. By taking time for yourself in the morning, you can stay healthy and strong at every age. Now, which of these morning routine ideas will you choose?!
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