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How to Start Your Day Like a Beast

If it takes you a little while to get going in the morning and you sometimes even feel a little weak until after lunch there may be a couple simple, natural things you’ve been neglecting after waking up that, if added to your routine, will make you more energetic and efficient throughout the day. They are… stretching, and eating.

If you normally wake up any later than 5 a.m., you’ve got time to stretch, and, trust me, it’s worth it. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than normal and get up in the morning and get a good stretch in. Find a quiet and clean spot, clear your mind and focus on what you have to accomplish that day and how you plan to get it done as your body and mind wake up. Don’t cheat yourself and try to touch your toes for 15 minutes either. If you don’t know a lot of stretches, search Google or YouTube and you’ll be on your way.

Eating should be obvious, but an incredible number of people put it off in the morning and every day you hear someone in the office or shop reporting around noon they haven’t eaten all day. Not only does not eating until lunch sap your energy and productivity, it slows your metabolism and makes you less healthy. Come on people. This is an easy one. Wake up, within half an hour eat a healthy breakfast to give you some fuel all morning. I like to keep some healthy snacks (fruit, almonds, walnuts, granola, Greek yogurt) with me as well, so I can pick at them throughout the day and never really get too hungry, but, start with breakfast.

– Jake

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