Touch your toes
Stretching awakens your body, both physically and mentally. It promotes circulation, alleviates that straight-out-of-bed stiffness, and will set your posture and flexibility straight for the day.
Make your bed
Small accomplishments make us feel fulfilled and productive. Begin your day with a mini check on your list by resetting your bedroom for the day ahead.
Drink a full glass of water (or two)
Reaching for your water glass first thing in the morning sets you up for long-term health benefits. Your body has been without fluids for 7 + hours; drinking water right away not only rehydrates your body, but also flushes out toxins so that your digestive system is prepared to accept nutrients. It’ll also set you up for feeling full longer—preventing overeating during meals.
Throw your laundry into the wash
Remember that thing we said about small accomplishments? Laundry can often be a viewed as a dreaded task, but by breaking up the steps you may feel less overwhelmed and that much closer to completing a necessary household task.
Go for a run (or jog…or fast walk)
Pick one of the many trails and bike paths located within the Oswegoland Park District to get a serene but active start to your day. Morning exercise has been proven to not only increase your energy levels for the day, but also lessen the guilt of skipping out on an evening workout you’re just too tired to complete.
Review your weekly planner/agenda
By reminding yourself of your priorities and daily goals and looking at your week to come, you will put yourself in the driver’s seat. Deadlines, meetings, and important dates can’t creep up on you if you put yourself ahead of them.
Skip the coffee
Our body releases a hormone called cortisol at certain times which makes us feel alert and awake. The peak production of cortisol generally occurs between 8–9 am—in other words, our bodies are naturally caffeinating at this time. By holding off on that cup of joe, you can sustain your body’s natural stimulant. Still in need of a ritual drink to get you moving in the morning? Stock up on fresh produce at Oswego’s Country Market for a week’s worth of smoothies!