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Last modified: June 7th, 2023

Did you know people who engage in healthy morning routines are more likely to experience better sleep, better overall mental health, and increased cognitive function. They are even more capable of controlling their emotions throughout the day. 

A well-established, healthy morning routine can have a positive impact on your ability to be organized, achieve goals, and be productive. It can also give you a boost of confidence to power you through the day.

But be aware, not all morning routines are created equal. To make sure that you have a morning routine that will benefit you, your well-being, and your health, you need to ensure that it includes healthy, proven practices. 

And remember healthy morning routines don’t have to be jam-packed with intense exercise or rigorous schedules. A low-impact relaxing routine can be just as effective.

In this article, we will help you develop the best morning routine for you, to help you achieve maximum productivity in your day.

1. Positive Affirmations and Mantras

A particularly effective way to start the day is by using positive affirmations. Including affirmations and mantras in your morning routine can benefit your mind by flooding your brain with positive self-talk

It effectively activates the subconscious part of your brain before you start the day. It promotes the general idea that you are what you think. Positive affirmations set you up for a productive day.

Addison Rae, competitive dancer and TikTok star, includes positive affirmations in her early morning routine. She writes down her positive affirmations of love, wellness, and health while enjoying her morning cup of matcha. 

By focusing on herself first thing in the morning, Rae prepares herself for the challenges of the day ahead.

2. Healthy Morning Routines with a Morning Workout

It’s a great idea to add a morning workout routine to the start of your day. Early exercise will help you start the day with more energy, focus, and optimism. Plus, after a morning workout, you are more likely to eat healthily and stay active throughout the day.

Richard Branson, billionaire, and founder of the Virgin Group, starts every day with exercise. Like many entrepreneurs, Branson wakes up early at 5 a.m. to allow enough time for vigorous exercise.

Generally, Branson starts the day lifting weights for around 40 minutes to maintain his fitness and strength. Although, if he happens to be on his private island, Necker, he will go kite surfing or play tennis to get his blood pumping.

Following his morning exercise routine, Branson will have a nutritious, light breakfast that includes fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and muesli, along with a cup of tea.

With the combination of exercise and a healthy breakfast, Richard Branson is then ready to take on his busy day.

If an intensely active workout routine doesn’t feel like the right choice for you, consider a more gentle stretching routine instead. Yoga or Pilates might be better suited if you prefer a calmer form of exercise.

3. Practice Morning Gratitude

When it comes to healthy morning routines, practicing gratitude is a great way to get started. Former US President Barack Obama practices morning gratitude every day. 

After waking, Obama will lay in bed for some time while practicing gratitude. He also enjoys speaking with his wife, Michelle, while lying in bed before starting his day.

Regularly practicing gratitude can lead to more positive emotions, feeling more alive, better sleep, and an enhanced ability to express compassion and kindness. It can even promote a stronger immune system. 

After practicing gratitude, Obama usually goes to the gym for cardio training and strength conditioning. Sometimes, he plays golf or basketball.

After his workout, Obama will have a breakfast that consists of toast, potatoes, and eggs with tea and juice.

4. Puttering About Early

By waking up early, you give yourself more time in your day, making your morning much calmer instead of being rushed or stressed.

Tech titan Jeff Bezos goes to bed early so he can wake up early, at around 6:30 a.m. every day. Because he wakes up so early, he has time to putter around his house in the morning and doesn’t have to work straight away. He makes coffee and relaxes while reading the newspaper.

Once his kids have woken up, he will make breakfast for them, and he even washes the dishes afterward.

It’s only after breakfast that Bezos will start work. At about 10 a.m., he drives to the Amazon headquarters to tackle the most challenging tasks and priority items within the first two-hour window of the day.

5. Health Morning Routines With Meditation

Morning meditation is one of the healthiest ways to start your day as it is extremely beneficial to your mental health. It provides an important mood boost, improves focus and productivity, and can even lower levels of stress and anxiety later in the day.

Srinivas Rao, thought leader, speaker, and author, starts his day by meditating. Usually, he wakes up around 6 a.m. or whenever the sun rises, to start his morning meditation. He meditates without any external distractions for around 10 minutes.

Following meditation, he goes to the ocean to get some exercise. He has a special connection with the sea and feels that he connects with nature when he feels the waves around him.

Before starting his workday, he will make a bulletproof coffee and read for a bit.

Finally, at 10 a.m., he will begin to tackle his work for the day. Focusing intensely on his work for two to three hours before taking a break for lunch.

6. Work First, Early On

While this morning routine might not be the most traditional, it is one that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, uses. 

He wakes up at the extraordinarily early hour of 3:45 a.m. and dives straight into his busy day of work. He starts off by getting through over 700 emails.

After getting through his emails, he works out at a private gym for about 30 to 45 minutes. He then gets a coffee at Starbucks and drives out to Apple Park between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

If you prefer to dive straight into your work, this might be the healthy morning routine that works for you. Of course, you would need to either operate on little sleep or be okay with going to bed early so you can wake up early.

7. A Big Breakfast

Contrary to many, Warren Buffet, an incredibly successful value investor, starts his day with a big, calorie-packed breakfast every morning. 

And surprisingly, his drink of choice, first thing in the morning, is not your typical cup of coffee, but instead, a can of Coca-Cola. He drinks sweet soda often and claims that half of his daily calories come from soda.

Buffet is also a huge fan of McDonald’s and often has breakfast there. His breakfast of choice is determined by the performance of the market. On a bad day, he will have a big breakfast that includes two sausage patties. But, when the market is going well, he will have the bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.

While Buffet’s breakfast is not the healthiest of choices, there is something to be said about making sure you have an enjoyable breakfast. And a big breakfast can provide you with the energy you need to get through your workday.

While it is possible to have a big breakfast, make sure you consume the right amount of calories every day. 

If you prefer a big breakfast, talk with a nutritionist about the best way to have a larger breakfast while still ensuring healthy eating habits.

Want to Learn More About Healthy Morning Routines?

The secret to creating an effective, healthy morning routine is to focus on what feels good for you. You should not start your day by beginning with something you really dislike. 

The more you align your morning activities with what makes you feel good, the more productive and happy you will feel throughout the day.



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