I like to believe that the way we start our day has the power to determine how we spend the rest of it. As humans, our willpower and motivation is greater in the morning, which is why I believe it's so important to implement a healthy morning routine into our day in order to stay on top of both our health & lifestyle goals.
This week I want to share with you all my simple, yet effective morning routine which helps me stay healthy and most importantly, on top of my Primal lifestyle. Typically, and as a father of 7, I begin each morning at 6.30 to squeeze in my morning habits before the school run, but now that we're in our third national lockdown (and with the kids out of school), my morning's have been starting a little later...
Steve Bennett's healthy morning routine
7/7.15am - Wake up, hydrate & move my body. I'll usually either go for a walk (this is a great way to start the day as we expose our bodies to natural daylight), or hit the gym for 30 minutes.
For me, moving my body in the morning is important because 1) it helps me achieve one of my most important goals first thing (which I'm less likely to achieve in the evenings), and 2) research shows that working out in a fasted state can offer better benefits for fat burning and insulin sensitivity.
8/8.30am - Once I've moved my body, I'll then prepare some eggs or something similar for the kids (I fast in the mornings through to the evenings) and whilst I do that, I then take my morning supplements (check out this blog post here to find out what they are) while drinking my favourite vitamin C drink which I don't go a day without.
Why eggs rather than cereal? Well, if you've read my book, The Primal Cure, then you'll know that cereal is completely and utterly filled with sugar & absolutely nothing beneficial for the body. If you ask me, we should be fuelling our kids with vitamins, minerals and protein for the day ahead, rather than sugary rubbish which will only result in a sugar crash an hour or so later.
Eggs are incredibly nutritious and just one single egg contains vitamin A, D, B5, B12, B2, phosphorus, selenium, folate, calcium and zinc. They also contain 6g of protein and 5g of healthy fats, both of which help leave you feeling fuller for longer.
9am - Once the kids are fed & I've taken my morning supplements, I'll then crack on with work.
As you can see, my morning routine consists of 3 healthy habits: movement, supplementation & taking care of my family with good, nutritious food.
A healthy morning routine doesn't need to be packed full of endless goals to complete, but rather a solid baseline that helps set you up for the day ahead.
It not only allows you to assert your own authority over the day, but it'll help you take charge of your work/life balance too. Too many of us start our days on auto-pilot, but what would happen if you started investing in your morning by picking 2 or 3 things to do that could positively impact the rest of your day?
When you start leading with your own wellbeing & health in mind, your actions over time can effect a powerful movement in your personal sense of productivity and self-fulfilment.
What would a healthy morning routine look like for you? Don't forget you can always join my 49-day challenge, Health Reset, to learn more about a Primal lifestyle and finally start taking control of your health for the better.
With Health Reset, rather than fighting your hormones, we teach you how to partner them and rewire your Primal instincts. The Reset changes your relationship with food, so that you never feel you are giving anything up. Instead it changes the foods you desire and crave. This facilitates a feeling of true freedom, happiness and adds life to your years.
So, what do you think?
Try it tomorrow and let me know how you get on.