It’s clock change time again. While it means and extra hour in bed, it also marks the end of summer and the official start of winter. With longer nights and darker mornings drawing in, we can find ourselves just wanting to curl up under the duvet and hibernate. Gone are the mornings of waking up with that get-up-and-go feeling with the sun streaming in through the curtains. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s how:
Don’t hit snooze
This is so easy to do when it’s dark outside and still feels like midnight. But once you press snooze, you put your body into a false sense of security. You never really go back to sleep for the 5-minute snooze, so you might as well bite the bullet, pull yourself out from under the duvet and hit the day. Trust me, the snooze button only holds you up for the rest of the day.
Jump straight in the shower
That hit of fresh water falling over your face will wake you right up, and get you feeling alert. If you’re really feeling the dark side of winter and you’re feeling brave enough, then crank that cold tap up and go for a cold shower. I can tell you now, that really gets you moving!
Take your vitamins
Grab yourself a pint of water and get some vitamins into your system. Not only does a pint of water set you up for a long day in which it’s vital to be hydrated, but getting your vits in is so essential. Especially in the winter to help keep you fighting off all the bugs that are flying around this time of year. I personally have a pint of water with lemon, cucumber and mint in the fridge ready the night before. It’s super refreshing and having lemon first thing is so good for your system and a great source of vitamin C. My go-to vitamins have to be, cod liver oil, magnesium, vitamin D, C and also multi Vitamins. There’s loads of great products out there, so give them a read up and try setting your winter day up by giving your body the best!
Plan the night before
This probably sounds super lame, but I lay my clothes out and prep my bag together the night before. This is not only so that I can have an extra few minutes in bed, but also when you wake in the morning, let’s face it, our brains aren’t quite firing on all cylinders yet. You can end up forgetting things you need for the day, leaving your gym kit behind or like me dressing like a total loon. So, lay your work clothes out, pack your work bag, gym bag and make sure your food is prepped, so you haven’t got to think.
Last tip – fuel your body right
If your someone like me, who trains before work and hasn’t got time to eat breakfast until you reach work, then get that breakfast prepped beforehand. It’s the most important meal of the day and you must set your body up properly to help you have a productive day. My go to breakfast is overnight oats. I’m sure you’ve seen what I’m talking about all over the internet, but they really are great. You can prep it the night before and the taste is even more incredible the next morning once the flavours have infused. What’s also fab is that you can jam it full of so much goodness. Here’s a little recipe worth trying.
Recipe: Overnight Oats
1/3 cup rolled gluten free oats
1/3 cup milk (coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk are my favs)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
3 sliced dates
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
(Blueberries to sprinkle on top, take these in a separate tub)
Place all ingredients into a tub and leave overnight. Simple! Just remember to pack it in the morning. And if you find yourself running out of gas, don’t forget you can always give yourself a little kick start with some GLUCO for a little extra burst of motivation before or after exercising.
And there you have it. My top tips to get you moving in the early morning when the clocks go back!