Rise & Thrive, Seniors: 5 Tips for Starting Your Morning
To Breakfast, or Not to Breakfast?
It turns out, this question isn’t as critical as you might think. Contrary to popular belief, it’s OK if you don’t eat breakfast every day. It’s a common myth that breakfast makes your metabolism faster, and that it’s the “most important meal of the day” — but that may be attributed to a marketing ploy.
Whether you eat breakfast or not may not make a significant difference in your weight, according to recent research. But if you do choose to make breakfast part of your morning routine, try kick-starting your day with healthy options, like these five superfood breakfasts packed with nutrients.
Start with Morning Meditation
When you think of meditation, you might think of gurus and week-long retreats. But meditating can be as simple as taking some deep breaths and thinking of a few things you’re thankful for.
Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, improve memory and decrease pain, anxiety and depression. Try starting your morning with a 10-minute mindfulness walk outside, focusing on each footstep you take.
Write Down Your Thoughts
Don’t consider yourself a writer? You don’t have to be a novelist to enjoy the rewards of keeping a journal.
Writing in a journal has a host of potential benefits, including boosting the immune system. Sitting down to journal in the mornings can help you organize the day ahead, set intentions or goals or simply keep a record of your life story that you can one day share with family.
Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day
Stop right there. Before you hit that snooze button again tomorrow, consider this: waking up at the same time every day may help improve focus and short-term memory, decrease irritability and make waking up and falling asleep easier.
Try choosing a wake-up time that works for you on both weekdays and weekends. At first, you may need to use an alarm clock, but over time, your body may adjust to waking up on its own and on time. If this is difficult, try opening the blinds. The morning sun may help the body regulate its circadian rhythm.
Jump Start Your Day with Exercise
Sometimes, exercising feels like the last thing you want to do when you wake up in the morning. But research suggests that morning exercise has many potential health benefits.
When you get your arms and legs moving, it releases neurotransmitters in the brain that can help make you feel refreshed and energized, even before you’ve had your first cup of coffee. The good news is, you don’t need to run a marathon to feel these effects. Just a few light stretches can help improve blood flow, decrease stiffness and get you ready to take on the day.
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