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Your Morning Routine: 5 Steps To Success

What’s your morning routine like? Do you wake up half asleep, groggy and reaching for the snooze button on your alarm clock? Or do you leap out of bed, ready to attack the day!

The key to how positive, energetic, and productive your day is greatly depends on your first 30 minutes out of bed! To better rev up your body and mind for the day ahead, make these 5 things a priority as soon as you open your eyes each morning…

See The Positive – Every day, as soon as I wake up, I visualize how I want my day to be and what I want in my life. I see myself writing the next bestseller, transforming myself in the gym, and enjoying quality free time with my family!

Countless studies have shown how powerful positive imaging can be. If you are able to imagine your success this in turn helps your subconscious mind act upon your goals time and time again without you having to constantly focus on them. It’s essentially the same message as The Secret – the law of attraction at work!

Whatever you want to achieve visualize it and tell yourself that you WILL make it happen! You can only achieve what you believe! Its a process, keep pushing!!

Stretch – Your body has been dormant for hours by the time you wake up in the morning. The best thing you can do is get your blood flowing and your pliability back.

Stretching doesn’t need to be a long process. I like to keep it short and simple. Try the runner’s stretch, the flute stretch, and the shoulder stretch. These three moves will open up your body and help you start your day the right way!

Quick Calisthenics – Working out in the morning has a list of benefits so long that, to paraphrase a great quote I once heard, if there were a pill that provided the benefits of daily exercise, everyone would be on it!Well heres your pill!

Again, this neednt take too much time and you can always keep things fairly simple. I certainly do! Heres a typical morning circuit for me

10 x squats

10 x pushups

10 x bridges

Perform this routine 3-5 times as quickly as possible. And of course, feel free to add or subtract reps and sets depending on your level of fitness and how you’re feeling…

Hydrate – Quick fact, 85% of us at this very moment are moderately to severely dehydrated. Ask yourself, how much water did I drink today? Id be willing to bet that that answer is well under five 8oz glasses.

Know this, being hydrated WILL change your day. Water has so many benefits – from boosting your energy, to waking you up, to filling you up so you eat less across the day. So hit the bottle!

BREAKtheFAST – Have you ever thought about the word breakfast. Mornings are a critically important time of the day because you are literally breaking your fast. Your body cannot grow stronger or more efficient if its starved. Also, if you don’t eat in the morning you won’t have the nutrients you need to fuel your day.

If you’re like me, not a morning person who doesn’t like food too early, then try eating a piece of fruit with a protein shake. Your body will love you both for breaking its starvation and your mind will appreciate the focus and energy it will provide.

BTW sugary treats, cereals and drinks don’t count as breakfast. Sorry. The reality is that these foods will do the exact opposite of what we need – zapping your focus as well as your energy.

Added bonus, eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast will help you regulate calories throughout the day. Lifes always better when we make it easy on ourselves!

So there you have it! These five tips couldn’t be any easier and if you use them they’ll dramatically change your life!

See in the morning!!!

40 replies
    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Great Jorge, based of your response I will be adding more such workouts in the future so that you’ll have a bank of ideas to use when time runs short!

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  1. Amanda Hussey
    Amanda Hussey says:

    Great advice. I hope you will be blogging on the site regularly, I can’t wait to read more again. I would like to keep these, so I don’t lose any of the information. I am wondering if these blogs will be sent to my email or do I need to save them in a folder myself.

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Thank you Amanda, I will be posting a blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting next week! I’d save them in a folder for now as I haven’t decided whether or not to email directly every week. Most likely won’t. They will however always be accessible for free on here!

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  2. Lynn Wyatt-Hughes
    Lynn Wyatt-Hughes says:

    I heard about your website through friends of my niece’s. I am so pleased you are offering advice through Skype. Absolutely brilliant!! Sorry about the silly email address it’s a combination of two magazines I contributed to when I was in the publishing (ID magazine and Sugar )

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Ha, I love it! And thank you for your thoughts on the Skype accounts. It means a lot to me to be able to offer them as I know it can have a huge impact on peoples mindsets. The idea of continuing accountability is great and 30 minutes can truly change a persons whole routine! Looking forward to talking to you soon!

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  3. John Cardinal
    John Cardinal says:

    Thanks for the post Ryan, I was always trying to figure out what would be the best combinations to do in the morning, wake up with a stiff sore neck and shoulder. Going to give this routine a try starting tomorrow morning, for the next week or so. Can you offer some suggestions on some good stretching routines for the morning? Keep up the great work.

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  4. Vickie Rice
    Vickie Rice says:

    You are absolutely correct , Ryan. I heard once your morning attitude shapes your day. One saying I’ll always remember goes like this…. Instead of saying ” Oh lord it’s morning, try saying ” Thank you Lord for the morning ” Works for me all the time. Life is a state of mind that you choose !!!

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  5. Gina
    Gina says:

    I just started working out again myself and in my 3rd week. I feel so much better, I got me a trainer who helped me with meals etc, and I have to say the first week I struggled with breakfast. Now, I get up READY for the day. I eat a small protein packed breakfast and head to the gym. I never thought I could eat and want these 6 meals LOL. I have never felt better! Loved your book, too. It helped me get up off my booty and move again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Absolutely Gina! Now that you’re headed in the right direction, don’t forget to constantly remind yourself of your goals. It’s all about consistency from here!

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  6. Terri
    Terri says:

    Ryan, I just read about your story in an Outside magazine post. After reading a few of your posts and articles, I want to say thank you! Your positive outlook and attitude are contagious! I look forward to checking out your book.

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  7. David
    David says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Are Greek yogurts (Fage or Chobani) a good routine for breakfast? I find them high in protein and low in sugars/fat, but not sure if it’s enough nutritional intake. Would you supplement with something else?

    Thanks,
    David

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      It’s a great start David! I’d add a few carbs like a fresh banana or apple to the mix and don’t forget to hydrate!

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  8. Austin
    Austin says:

    your incredible story and decisions you have made about your life approach are truly inspiring. can you give a couple of tips on goal setting?

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Thank you Austin. First let me say that I love goals. Without them I have no idea what I’d be doing. My best advice would be to write three lists of goals. First, your long term goals. This is where you want to be in the future obviously. The second list is more of a game plan of how to get there. This should take some research and will constantly need to be amended. Here is where you will often either find success or completely back out. Very important to work hard on! The third list is what you need to do daily. You will clearly need to update daily, I do it in bed at night, and it will keep you on track with the small tangible things what feel more like instant gratification. For instance, do 30 minutes of cardio tomorrow, as opposed to the long term goal it’ll take a while to see… get lean. Ha, please don’t make goals like that by the way. Be more definitive with specific weights and time frames etc… Please let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions!

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  9. Johnny
    Johnny says:

    Just curious – What our your thoughts on intermittent fasting and condensed eating windows? Is this something you’ve ever experimented with? Thanks dude.

    -Johnny

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    • Ryan Ferguson
      Ryan Ferguson says:

      Not a fan of condensed eating windows. Intermittent fasting however is quite interesting. I do like it except for those who are attempting to gain lean muscle mass. It’ll destroy progress. If however you are trying to simply be healthy and lean without having the ripped look that requires a certain level of lean muscle mass, I say go for it. I actually did this for the better part of a year once and not only found it to be a great challenge, but I also happened to save quite a bit of money! Let me know if you end up trying it.

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  10. Luis Arias
    Luis Arias says:

    Man you are full of great ideas I will start the daily routine tomorrow morning. If you can in the future please provide ideas of other options for breakfast

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