5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

After such a positive response to this post that I wrote last month, I’m back with some more healthy little tips – this time I’m giving a little sneak peak at what my morning routine looks like. Yours might be more or less busy/hectic than mine – I work from home and don’t have kids to get off to school – but hopefully there are a couple of tidbits in here to inspire.

5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

1. Wake up & take a sec to cuddle with the dog.

I’m one of those people that doesn’t need an alarm clock because we have 2 hungry dogs that wake us up pretty early. After they’re fed, the little one bounds back in and lays by my head. They say dogs can help lower anxiety so before I get up to start my to-do list, I make a point to pause and take an extra minute to cuddle with the pup.

5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

2. Fuel up on a protein shake to start the day.

With 15 grams of plant-based protein and 4.5 servings of vegetables,* Burt’s Bees™ Protein + Healthy Radiance is a healthy way to embrace the day. Their formula is carefully crafted from a mix of pea, rice, oat, flaxseed and sunflower seed protein. I mix it with water or almond milk, or blend it into my favorite smoothie. I prefer the vanilla flavor but it comes in chocolate as well. While I drink my shake, I usually finish up that day’s blog post and take a first pass through my email.

5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

3. Skip the gym and go for a walk outside instead.

I have an old injury that prevents me from doing high impact workouts, but I love to walk. It’s not only great exercise but it helps me clear my head and work through whatever problems or projects I might be working on. I swear more “ah ha” moments happen during my morning walk than any other time of day. Weather permitting, I like to walk as many mornings as I can.

   5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

4. Breakfast!

By at least 10am, I’m hungry for a post-walk breakfast. It’s not always the same, but it usually involves avocados. They say that healthy fats are good for the brain and skin. I make my avocado toast with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt. Sometimes I sprinkle on some nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as well.

  5 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

5. Take a few minutes to clean up my work space.

Ok, to be honest I wrote this one here as a reminder for myself because I typically have 7 empty glasses and a bazillion post-it notes all over my desk. I’m not a neat worker, but I feel SO much better if I can take 5 minutes to tidy up my desk space before diving into work for the day. Next year’s goal will be to do this clean-up before I end the work day, but for now, baby steps.

Do you have a morning routine that works for you? Let me know!

*Based on vitamin content. 4.5 servings of fruits and vegetables would be needed to reach 25% Daily Value of Vitamins A, C, E, K and the B vitamins listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel.


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  1. Alex

    Nice blog, early in the morning I love to walk around with natural beauty and take a cup of tea.

  2. Kitchen Bath

    I also have an automatic alarm clock triggered by pets 🙂 No need for an alarm when I get our dear feline jumping on my face every morning!

  3. Mike

    Mental calmness and peace is always good signs of healthy morning. Thanks for sharing tip with us

  4. Home & Living

    I also have an automatic alarm clock triggered by pets 🙂 No need for an alarm when I get our dear feline jumping on my face every morning!

  5. pritee chate from healthymorningztips.blogspot.com

    nice blog. i would love to read more n more your blogs!

  6. I like your morning routine. Cuddle with your dog.

    One of my morning routine is to eat fruit salad and yogurt cannot miss.

  7. Lauren

    I do set an alarm, I give thanks for a new day (better thoughts than, “Ugh, it’s morning already??”). I also have an old injury, so I do my PT exercises, dress for TaeBo (at home, saves time and money). Eating breakfast is so key – thank you for the good ideas! Actually putting on ‘real’ clothes helps even though I don’t leave the house for my job.

  8. Jhon Simth

    You have shared really health tips with us, your blog is like social service for us.
    thanks for the health blog.

  9. Rony from webhostingonedollar.blogspot.in

    Thanks a lot sir for sharing such a precious tips. It relay help lot. And I feel proud to share these tips.

  10. Epson Tech Support

    This is a very Healthy Tips sharing to us. I woke up early morning and I follow your tips, This is more effective to my Health. Thanks for sharing keeps it up.

  11. Kacy from library.uonbi.ac.ke

    Great tips, i always take time to cuddle with my 2 cats

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