It’s 6:30am. An alarm rings in your ear. You reach over through the covers and grab your smart-phone, maybe you hit snooze. You grab your phone, unlock the screen, and start checking your notifications that have rolled in overnight. You scroll through your Instagram feed, Facebook homepage, and email account. Good morning social media.
Ever since buzzword concepts of ‘morning practice’ and ‘waking up right’ have started catching on with millennials, more and more young people are starting to integrate morning practices into their lives. “Own the Day. Own your life” (Marcus, 2018) was a revolutionary publication for many, sharing insights and guidance into the power of optimized practices for waking, working, learning, eating, training, sleeping, and sex.
It’s natural to strive for positive transformation in our lives and try to integrate practices and behavioral changes that will bring about the shifts we’re looking for. For now, we’re going to focus on waking up right using exercise and movement.
During 6-8 hours of sleep, our bodies become quite stiff and rigid. We mold into our mattresses and potentially carry unconscious sleeping postures that don’t serve our bodies.
Our bodies and inextricably connected to our minds and emotions through neurological activity. And no one can deny that when we feel physically well in our bodies, mental and emotional wellbeing follows- and vice versa.
Rigid body= rigid mind
Open body= open mind
As physical movement and exercise release endorphins in the brain and stimulate serotonin, starting your day with exercise can have a huge effect on the state of wellbeing that follows throughout the day.
“Decreased serotonin activity can lead to an inability to create and act on well-formed plans. That can mean having difficulty finishing things, or feeling a little down, or getting annoyed easily, or being unable to control your impulses” (Korb, 2011).
In particular, aerobic or cardio exercises like skipping, running, and biking are most likely to boost serotonin (Korb, 2011). Bringing in even 15-20 minutes of movement to start your day could be the difference between the day owning you, or owning the day.
Literally, we can decide if we want to trigger the chemicals in our brain to enter the day feeling unorganized, scattered, and out of control, OR motivated, open, clear-minded, and grounded.
We have the power to change the chemistry in our brains each morning by moving our bodies.
How do you greet the day? What’s your favourite form of exercise to wake up with?
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Check out our latest video with Kim and Kev on this very topic!