Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Coca-Cola but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
For non-morning people, like myself, waking up can be hard to do. Once I finally climb out of bed, I am typically still not very motivated to move. Therefore, I need tips to help kick start my day and Coca-Cola‘s #StartSmart2016 program is helping to make it easier to incorporate healthy choices into my diet through their everyday brands: Simply Orange, Fairlife Milk, and Odwalla Smoothies.
Kick Start Your Day
Mornings are not always easy, but there are ways to make them more manageable. The following tips to kick start your day can help you turn your mornings around as you work to develop healthier behaviors for you and your family.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast — We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important part of the day. Therefore, if you want to kick start your day the right way, you need to eat a good breakfast. Consider it fuel for your body to get through the day. Choose a balanced meal and be sure to include protein to keep you full for a greater amount of time. Pair your meal with a delicious Odwalla Smoothie, or a glass of Simply Orange juice or Fairlife Milk.
Get Hydrated — In addition to the flavorful drinks you paired with breakfast, make sure to grab some water as well. Your body hasn’t had any water all night while you slept, so it’s smart to give it what it needs first thing. Besides, drinking water will help wake you up as well as kick-start your metabolism for the day. Additionally, add a few drops of lemon juice to further benefit your digestion and immune system.
Exercise — Again, since you have been sleeping, your body needs to get moving. It doesn’t have to be a full workout. Hop on an elliptical machine, skip rope, jog in place or take the dog for a walk. The key here is to get your heart pumping and to improve circulation after being (mostly) stationary through the night.
Quiet Time — Take at least 5-20 minutes to focus on you. Unplug from everything and take a few deep breaths. There are several ways to spend you quiet time. Other ideas include stretching, yoga, prayer, reading or even visualizing your day. Basically, anything that makes you feel balanced and calm will do the job.