Find out how many of these common mistakes you made this morning, and the simple ways to fix them to get your day going right next time.
If you roll out of bed, hit the shower, guzzle your coffee, then hunker down in your office, you'll barely see the light of day until who knows when. Missing out on morning rays might have a negative impact on your body mass index, a new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine found. The study found that people who get most of their natural light exposure after noon had higher BMIs than people who got sunshine in the a.m. Who knew?!
2. Insufficient hydration
If you don't drink water in the morning, you'll be playing hydration catch-up for the rest of the day, says Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sports Medicine. Research also shows that when you’re low on H2O, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, get confused, or feel tired.
3. Working Out (or just working) on an Empty Stomach
Lots of you love to work out first thing in the morning...great! But, tackle your run or session at the gym without eating first, and you risk being surly and foggy all day long, according to recent British research. Study subjects were sharper on daily tasks and in better moods overall when they had breakfast before an a.m. sweat session than when they skipped the meal. Same holds true for just working, period; starting your work day on an empty or minimally full stomach is not only a bad weight-loss concept (doesn't work) but a bad workplace habit.
4. No or Too Little Protein
Oatmeal or a banana might hold you over for a couple hours, but waiting until lunch or dinner to get your protein fix is not the best way to build muscle, according to a new study from the University of Texas (and it can hurt attempts at weight loss). The researchers found that people who ate a full 30-gram serving of protein at all three meals had a 25 percent higher muscle protein synthesis rate than people who ate the same amount of protein, but had the bulk of it at dinner.
5. Succumbing to Road Rage
Spending your ride to work seething over traffic won’t just make you miserable that morning—it makes for a miserable life, according to recent Swedish research.
6. Having the wrong priority when you get to the office
Most folks check email, social media, etc. first thing, thinking it will help them “ease into” the day. It actually has the opposite effect.
You have been officially alerted....