I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as these three tricks are pretty simple and straightforward. Over the past few months of implementing these three practices, I have noticed less grogginess in the morning, more mental clarity, and an greater overall sense of well-being. So without further ado, let’s dive in (pun?).
Drink a glass of water upon waking up
Think about it this way. You have just gone anywhere between 6-8 hours of not taking even a sip of water. Meanwhile your body is still humming along doing its thing. Chances are you’ll be fairly dehydrated and in need of a nice drink. All you need is a small glass or two of water as soon as you wake up to replenish any water lost during the night. Trust me, it does wonders towards shaking off the morning grogginess. I simply left a small glass by my sink in the bathroom. Every morning when I go in to do my morning routine, I fill it up, chug it down, and go on my way. Simple as that!
Take cold showers
I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating. Cold showers are fantastic! Take it in the morning (after your glass of water) for a invigorating ritual that will wake you up faster than a triple espresso or take one an hour before going to bed to help lower your body temperature and facilitate better sleep. Whichever you prefer, just do it! Start on lukewarm if you need to and slowly drop it down.
Most people are deathly terrified of taking a cold shower. The mere thought of a shower that isn’t steamy makes them shudder. I get it, I really do. I used to be in the same boat, but it’s really not that bad. It’s like getting into a swimming pool; a little bit of a shock at first, then it feels fine. I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I can put the water on full cold and it almost feels warm. Odd right?
Plus this is a website about competitive martial arts. If you’re afraid of a little cold water, something tells me you’re not ready for the ring. Just saying!
drink a glass of water before bed
Remember that glass on my bathroom counter top? I use it to drink a glass of water during my nightly routine as well much for the same reasons as I do in the morning. Just like a bear gorges on food before hibernation, you need to prepare your body for a period of scarcity…granted it’s only a few hours and not all winter long. Drinking a glass of water at night before bed blunts the dehydration that will occur as you sleep. The end result is a better night’s sleep. Don’t go overboard and drink a 20 oz bottle of water or else you’ll have a poor night’s sleep for other reasons. A small 6-8 oz glass of water is sufficient.
These are great not only for improved well-being, but can also facilitate fat loss. Give these tricks a shot and I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
Got any tricks of your own? Share your secrets down below!