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6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

I remember the days when waking up at noon was completely okay.  I had no responsibilities whatsoever, and time felt like it simply dragged on and on.  At this point in my life, I no longer have the luxury of being able to sleep until my body simply had to get up and going.  With  children, a business, and a blog, I have quickly learned that time waits for no one.

My ability to get up in the morning and to function effectively is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Creating a healthier bedtime routine allows me to have a great morning, which only results in a more productive day.

These are some of my favorite tips!

Plan Ahead

There are things that I know I must do, like get up in time to wake up my son, in order to make sure that he is up and ready to go for school.  But there are areas that require a little more planning, like in business and blogging.  I prepare and get organized by writing things down in order of urgency.  There are tasks that I know I have to get out of the way because they are a priority.

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Staying organized allows me to tackle my day more efficiently, reduces my ability to be frazzled, and reduces stress.  And business is not the only area you can be more organized in, prepare your lunch ahead of time, iron your clothes and lay them aside so that you do not have to search for these things with the chaos of the morning.  Having a clear mind at bedtime because you know that you are less likely to have a chaotic morning will encourage you to rest better.

Meditate

Meditate

    Meditation is different for everyone, if you are religious, meditation could be prayer, if not, it could simply be a moment of silence. Your time to simply separate yourself from the chaos of your day and to reflect on the good and the areas in which you can improve in the following day. Meditation not only raises self awareness, decreases anxiety and depression, but meditation is as effective as sleep medication.

    Drink and Snack Smarter

    Have you ever tried eating a kiwi before bed?

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    Well it turns out that popping two of these bad boys can help you sleep better.  According to Taiwanese researchers, kiwi helped adults fall asleep 35 percent faster and sleep 13 percent longer.   If Kiwis are not your cup of tea, then you can try these other, healthier snacks.

    • Six-ounce serving of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (100 calories) sprinkled with 1/8 cup Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola (60 calories): 160 calories
    • 1 slice whole-wheat toast (100 calories) topped with half an ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (36 calories): 136 calories

    Exercise

    Running

      It’s true: some studies have found that exercising close to bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep, but one study found that people who lifted weights in the evening had a higher quality and duration of sleep than people who did the same workout in the morning. So while it might take you a few more minutes to conk out, you’ll sleep better.

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      Clean Up

      Waking up to a clean home is a great way to have a great morning. Spend a few minutes before bed picking up and putting things away so that you can have a refreshing morning.  As a mom, cleaning up the night before means that I have less work to do during the day.

      Go Dark

      Go Dark

        I spend a lot of time with my Chromebook attached to my hip.  Everything from checking on the blog, to social media, and it really does take it’s tole.  Although it is very hard for me to do, the nights that I choose to put the gadgets a way at least an hour or two before bed tend to be more restful nights.  The reason being that we often lose track of time when checking email and social media.

        Allow your mind and eyes to rest by turning off the electronics and opening up a good book instead.

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        Last Updated on December 13, 2018

        12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

        12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

        Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

        A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

        1. Eat Before Heading Out

        First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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        2. Select The Treats

        Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

        3. Avoid Skipping Meals

        Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

        4. Drink With Moderation

        It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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        5. Be Active

        You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

        6. Get Out Of The House

        Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

        7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

        Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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        8. Set Realistic Goals

        You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

        9. Enjoy Yourself

        Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

        10. Drink A Lot Of Water

        This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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        11. Eat Less And More Often

        Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

        12. Prioritize Your Workouts

        Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

        So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

        Happy Holidays everyone!

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