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4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

Morning rituals…we all have them. What are yours? The most popular ones tend to be brushing your teeth, making a cup of coffee or tea, going for a run, or planning out your day. We have all formed habits over time that help us get our day started.

What if I told you that I know four morning rituals that will amp up your energy, health and life? Would you practice these four simple morning rituals daily? Or at least experiment with them for a month? If you’re a Lifehack enthusiast, you’ll love these four morning rituals that will work toward supercharging your overall health.

1. Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water immediately upon waking

Why should I drink water as soon as I wake up? Well, our body content is about 75% water, our brain is about 75% water, our blood composition consists of about 92% water, and our muscles are around 75% water. We are majorly made of water and it is an essential element that we need to live, but you probably knew that already.

Here’s what you may not know about water and hydration. When you wake up in the morning after a night’s sleep, you’re already in a state of dehydration. Your body needs water to kick start the system healthfully, especially in the morning.

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A challenge many of us face is not knowing we’re dehydrated when we really are. When we feel thirsty, we have actually gone past the point of initial dehydration. If you’re not drinking water throughout the day, chances are, you are living in a dehydrated state consistently.

Drinking water in the morning provides many benefits:

– Purges toxins from our blood (helps us get rid of morning grogginess)
– Increases cell renewal rate (helps maintain healthy body functioning)
– Boosts metabolism (helps with weight loss)
– Purifies the colon (helps us remove waste from our bodies)
– Makes nutrient absorption easier (helps us get more out of the foods we eat)

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Add lemon with that water.

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2. Drink an organic greens juice

A nutritious greens juice is an excellent way to start your morning with essential vitamins and minerals you need, along with a healthy alkalizing boost of chlorophyll to help balance out the slightly acidic state your body may be in the first thing in the morning.

One of the greatest greens juices you can have in the morning is wheatgrass juice and there are at least 50 reasons why you should drink it everyday.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: For an easier way to have a wheatgrass juice daily, I’ve experimented with organic, freeze-dried wheatgrass juice powder from stores and online. Make sure it’s field-grown for the highest nutritional density.

I’ve found Kamut grass juice to be the best and most convenient for me, and it allows me an easy way to enjoy the benefits of greens juices on the go.

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3. Rebounding

I’m not talking about the version referenced here, referring to a romance directly following a breakup. I mean jumping on a rebounder to literally jump start your day and your lymphatic system. Since your lymphatic system is basically your body’s garbage disposal, rebounding in the morning is a fun way to detoxify your system and get a nice boost of energy.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Rebound in the morning for at least 10 minutes while reviewing your day’s goals and visualizing how you want your day to be.

4. Have amazing sex

Who doesn’t want to have amazing sex in the morning? A roll in the hay is a fun, great way to start the day – especially if you’re not a morning person. There are also many amazing health benefits that make having amazing sex a morning ritual that’ll supercharge your heath and sex life:

It boosts your mood, making you happier
Starts the day with love
A roll in the hay keeps the doctor away
– It releases stress
– Gives you something beautiful to reflect on throughout day
– Helps you feel more present
– Brings about a youthful glow

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BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: There’s been a recent craze about HIIT (high intensity interval training), yet no one has talked about HIIF (high intensity interval f**king). Try it out next time by going at it as fast  you can for 30 seconds, then take a 10 second break, then repeat for 5 sets. You’ll boost your heart rate and metabolism and get your body into gear to burn more fat – as well as giving you and your partner some pleasure in the process.

There you have it, 4 morning rituals that’ll super charge your health and give you the energy you need to make the best of your day. Try them out for a month and let me know how your life changes by commenting below!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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