....in that order!
I've had to do some fine tuning, but I think I have come up with a winning formula for achieving the above. Rise, Sip, Shit, Move.
A bit vulgar, yes. But that's kinda how I roll.
As you may know, I am studying Ayurveda which is the traditional system of healing in India and is concerned with how to live your life in harmony with nature. When you have a daily routine that supports nature's rhythms and cycles, you feel good, and you build up your resistance to disease. How you start your day is crucial to a healthy daily routine.
So what does this mean?
When your alarm goes off in the morning, rise out of the bed, drag yourself into the kitchen for a big glass of warm (or at least room temperature) water, take a nice, satisfying poo, and move your body vigorously. The last step is the most important.
Let's go through it in more detail.
Instead of hitting Snooze, will yourself out of bed straight into the kitchen and pour a big glass of warm water. Warm water is a miracle worker for your gut by aiding digestion and cleansing the bowels. Sipping warm water warms your blood, stimulates circulation, and re-hydrates and de-congests your lymphatic system. It also supports sweating and flushes the urinary tract, both of which detoxify the body. Bonus points for adding a squeeze of lemon which boost your immune system, balances your body's pH, and can even help with weight loss.
So after a couple sips from your mug, you're hopefully already feeling the intestinal contractions and making your way to the bathroom for Operation Evacuation. Getting rid of yesterday's junk, literally and figuratively. Emptying the bowel is essential for getting my day off on the right foot. It's like putting on a fresh pair of undies.You wouldn't wake up, shower, and put on yesterday's underwear, so why would you want to carry around yesterday's waste with you all day today? No, thank you. Of course, if you are not a wake-up-and-poo kind of person, this may take a few days for your body to adjust to the new cycle, but I can almost guarantee you will feel a lot fresher and lighter once you start eliminating first thing in the morning.
Early morning in Centennial Park.
Now that you're more agile, you want to engage in some dynamic movement. Moving your body deepens the well from which you can source energy that will carry you through your day without those mid-morning and afternoon slumps. Energy is like a pendulum swing. We want a big range in the spectrum between deep rest and deep energy. The healthier you are, the further and more fully the pendulum swings in each direction. Your body has been static because you have just been sleeping so you want to move to the other end of the spectrum by jostling it around with vigorous exercise. This only requires about 10-20 minutes of hard and fast movement and can be anything you choose. The goal is to get your blood pumping and your breath flowing. Some suggestions might be: jumping rope, running up some stairs, doing jumping jacks, bouncing on a Rebounder, or flowing through a couple of sun salutations. Whatever you like. I'm not asking you to make this your workout of the day. If you love your lunchtime yoga class, or treasure your after work sunset jog, by all means keep those up! This is merely a suggestion to add to your morning routine as a way of bringing you into a deep flow of inexhaustible energy for the day ahead. Give it a week of waking up 10 minutes earlier to fit this in and see if you feel any different. If not, no worries, go back to hitting Snooze. If so, that's awesome, and perhaps you won't need that afternoon coffee anymore!