Implement This Morning Routine For Longevity Benefits All Year Long
It's a new year, which means forming new healthy routines! While we all feel inspired to upgrade our daily rituals around this time, actually deciding how to improve our health can be…a little overwhelming.
So, why not take a note from an expert who's mastered the perfect morning routine himself?
Meet Michael Chernow, a restaurateur, entrepreneur, TV host, fitness personality, and family man. His tried-and-true morning routine features gratitude, cold therapy, journaling, and more.
"Spending that first part of the day focusing on insanely selfish things ultimately converts into selfless things," Chernow previously shared with mindbodygreen. "I believe you are a far better human being to the people around you. So I don't look at those things as chores. I see them as critical to success in life."
Inspired by Chernow's own morning rituals, we've created a morning routine that will help enhance your longevity benefits in 2023 and beyond:
Step 1: Smiles & gratitude.
Starting your morning with positivity and gratitude creates a ripple effect that will carry you through the rest of your day. Upon waking, hold a smile for 15 seconds while running through a mental list of all the things you're grateful for. Next, take a moment to soak up all those warm, fuzzy feelings before hopping out of bed.
Step 2: Self-care.
Step 3: Spiritual practice.
Step 4: Quick workout.
No need to lift weights for two hours or log a 5-mile run here—simply carve out five to 15 minutes for some sun salutations, an ab circuit, squats, or any other physical movement (Chernow does 50 pushups) to get your blood pumping and activate your mind and body. If you aren't sure where to start, try this 15-minute morning workout routine.
Step 5: Hydrate.
Your body is probably feeling a little parched first thing in the morning! Be sure to fill up a big water bottle (think 20+ ounces) and prioritize hydration before you eat your breakfast or drink caffeine. If you'd like, you can even add lemon and pink Himalayan salt for flavor and minerals!
Step 6: Stretching.
Chernow spends the next part of his morning in his sauna, but that option isn't available to all of us. If you don't have access to a sauna, no problem—follow up your quick exercise and hydration with a light stretching routine. (And if you're interested in utilizing hot therapy but don't own a sauna, you can read more about cold and hot therapy accessibility here.)
Step 7: Cold therapy.
You may not have a sauna, but I'm willing to bet you have access to a shower! Chernow sits in an ice bath for 30 long, slow breaths (about four minutes) next, but you don't need a plunge pool to get cold therapy benefits.
I'm a big advocate of cold showers—simply start off with a warm shower and go through your normal cleanliness routine (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.), then turn the temperature down before you hop out. Introduce your limbs one by one to get them ready for the cold, then submerge your entire body.
Start with 30 seconds and work your way up to three minutes over time. Trust me, after adding this practice to your daily routine, you'll love the benefits and actually look forward to the cold!
Step 8: Journaling.
A journaling practice can help you tune into your thoughts and emotions and set an intention for how you'd like the day to go. From morning pages to prompts, there are many different styles of journaling to choose from. (If you're wanting to self-reflect on 2022 and mentally prepare for the year ahead, check out our 2023 self-love journaling prompts here.)
Step 9: Nourish.
Next, it's time for supplements and a wholesome breakfast. Try to incorporate healthy fats, carbs, fiber, and protein into your meal, and take any supplements that help support your individual health goals.
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Whether you're 25 or 75, the small efforts you make today to enhance your healthspan will pay out down the road. Follow these simple steps each morning to invest in your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health and ensure you'll feel your best for years to come!
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.