We’ve all done it: snoozed so many times you’re beyond late when you do finally drag yourself out of bed, and then all that’s left to save you (time-wise) is a bottle of dry shampoo (for the ladies) and a sugary breakfast bar. Nothing good ever comes of this routine.
So, in an effort to help you maximize your mornings, I have listed 4 unorthodox ways to start your day….
- Grab a Cold Shower
I know this one sounds crazy but it really works. Exposing our bodies to cold first thing upon waking really kick-starts your system. Not only does it improve our circulation, it also helps keep skin and hair healthy as hot water tends to dry these out. You will also find you will have a surprising boost of energy afterwards.
- Try 2 Minutes of Wim Hof Breathing
I came across this guy from reading Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans (A personal favourite). At first I thought he was crazy, climbing ice cold mountains, virtually naked. However, after trying the breathing techniques he suggests, I quickly changed my mind. Here is a short video to explain the technique.
Not only will you feel a sense of calmness after performing it, apparently this breathing technique is also excellent for putting your body in an alkaline state.
- Maybe some Early Morning Sprints!!
These act in a similar manner to the cold shower technique by really priming and energizing your body due to the shock of the external stress you are applying. Sprints are also a fantastic way of exercising – you really do get your bang for your buck and you don’t have to spend hours doing them. 20-25 minutes max is sufficient for optimal results.
- Rise when you Naturally Wake
A lot of us actually naturally wake-up before the alarm goes off. This could be our bodies adjusting to a routine of getting up at a certain time. However, what usually happens when we wake? We usually turnover and try to fall back asleep until we hear the dreaded alarm. And what’s worse is we are usually more tired when we do manage to finally drag ourselves out of the bed. So, listen to your body and rise upon waking. Not only will this help build self-discipline which will also transfer to other areas of your life but you will also feel more energized throughout the day.
To your health and fitness,