Starting your day the healthy way is key to a high energy successful day!
Starting your day the healthy way is key to a high energy successful day! Research published by the American Psychological Association, suggests that people who are active early on in the day (early risers) are said to be less stressed, depressed and anxious in comparison to night owls.
To help you rise and shine and be your absolute best, here are 5 smart strategies to keep you at the top of your game:
Research suggests that breakfast eaters tend to have more balanced diets and are less likely to be overweight. Breakfast can also improve mental performance, concentration and even mood!
For the best possible start to the day, opt for a breakfast which provides sustained energy to the body and brain. Try porridge, natural yoghurt with fresh fruit or even eggs with avo on toast!
If you’re a coffee addict, then matcha green tea may be a perfect alternative. This antioxidant-rich beverage uses the whole tea leaf, which means it’s a source of a special compound called l-theanine. Research suggests that l-theanine can help to stimulate feelings of relaxed alertness and clarity without those anxious jitters that come from too much caffeine
Dehydration can result in low energy, poor mood and lack of concentration. If you want to feel and perform at your best then staying hydrated with a glass of water before you leave the house can really set you up for success!
It’s impossible to get enough of this sunshine vitamin during the winter months, which is why we should consider supplementing with 400IU vitamin D daily between October-April. During the spring and summer months, consider spending 15-20 minutes outdoors each morning to top up your levels.
Vitamin D plays a key role in bone health, but is also involved with fighting coughs and colds and even plays a role with mood!
If you need that morning energy boost, fresh air and exercise will be the remedy you need. Exercise is not only important for physical health but it helps your brain to stay sharp.
Put on your trainers and power walk to the station, and you can arrive at your office feeling smug that you’ve completed more steps than your colleagues before 9 am!
By leading London nutritionist Lily Soutter, BSc (Hons) Food & Human Nutrition, Dip NT