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The Ultimate Morning Routine For Perfect Health, Sleep, Happiness & Productivity

 

Discipline equals freedom. This is actually a book title by Navy Seal Jocko Willink. But it's also a quote that sums up my morning routine.

Every morning (except sundays, those are the days I enjoy my freedom) I get up and follow a list of tasks (to see my routine in one page click HERE)

A 'to-do list' for the morning.

And yes, some of these tasks suck, some are boring, some are difficult - mentally and physically, and some days I'd rather skip to the fun parts of the day...

But I still do them.

Day in, day out.

Why? Because discipline equals freedom.

By staying disciplined, by doing the repetitive tasks, by delaying self-gratification until later in the day, I create opportunities.

I create health.

I create a foundation.

I create the basis for a productive, healthy, happy day (and life).

I create freedom. Freedom knowing that I have done my 'chores' for the day. Freedom knowing I have added value to my body. Freedom knowing that I have a plan, a map for the day ahead.

Morning Routines For Productivity

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as having said:

“If I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening my axe"

Planning and preparation is another reason my my morning routine is so powerful. Every day I work. I am self employed - I don't have a boss giving me jobs for the day. I have to create them.

Just like an athlete goes through the same warmup before every training and every race, I go through my morning planning session every day before I would.

My morning routine helps me work, helps me be more productive and gives me direction for the day.

Morning Routines For Health

They say that willpower in a day is limited. You only have so much of it.

More in the morning, less in the evening.

This is why as a Personal Trainer I would have more clients cancel evening sessions than morning sessions.

It's also why I have my 'boring/painful/repetitive' tasks in my morning routine.

My mobility stretches, my horrible tasty health concoctions, my red light therapy sessions.

All of these are done at the crack of dawn. While my willpower is high and distractions are low...

Morning Routines For Focus

Nothing kills focus than a smart phone notification. Or an long winded email. Or angry phone call.

So how do you avoid distraction in the morning? Simple, avoid checking emails. Don't turn on the computer. Turn off your phone.

Seems so simple and silly right, but it's oh so powerful.

The emails will be there when you turn on your phone an hour later.

 

Morning Routines For Improved Sleep

This may seem a little out there, but what you do in the morning (and what you don't do) has a profound impact on your sleep later that night.

Don't believe me? Have a read of this - How to Improve Your Sleep With Morning Sunlight

 


A Great Example Of A Perfect Morning Routine

Ok enough of the inspirational writing, let's say you want to establish a morning routine into your life.

What should it look like, what should you do?

Those are hard questions to answer as everyone lives unique lives with different needs. So instead, I thought I would share my morning routine.

Hopefully you can pull some ideas from this and build your own morning routine for optimal health, productivity, focus and happiness.

So here goes!

Alex Fergus's Morning Routine for 2018

Note: If you want a one page printout of this routine please click HERE for a free copy.

1. Wake and Check My Temperature

For this I use a Geratherm analogue thermometer. You can read why I do this in my article Important: Why You Need To Measure Your Body Temperature

2. Sync & Charge My Oura Ring

This is the amazing sleep/recovery/activity/health wearable that I reviewed in the article The One Wearable To Rule Them All? Oura Ring Review.

I have been using this ring for two years now and the data I get from my sleep and health is amazing - plus it has an airplane mode so I can disable the transmitter. 

You can order the new 2nd Generation Ring at the moment, use code ALEXFERGUS to save.

3. Deodorise 

For this I use Primal Pit Paste. And you can read why I use natural deodorant in my article - How Your Deodorant Could Ruining Your Sex Life; And Fragrance Has Nothing To Do With It!

4. Get Morning Sunlight 

I actually do this in 3 stages - a quick peek outside when I get up (this step), my Human Charger when using my Joovv, and then a morning walk outside later on.

Why? Because it's so important for optimal circadian rhythms and sleep later that night.

Learn more in my article How to Improve Your Sleep With Morning Sunlight

5. Take My Morning Herbs

Herbs are best taken on a empty stomach. I take two products here:

6. In Ear Human Charger Light Therapy

As mentioned above, I hit my body with morning lights 3 times. This is part two. A 12 minute in ear white light session using the Human Charger device.

7. Red Light Therapy Session

I now spend about 20minutes doing a red light therapy session in front of my Joovv panel (use code ALEX to save) and with my handheld red light device.

Why dedicate so much of my time to Red Light? I reveal all in my article The Fascinating Healing Properties of Red Light Therapy: Rapid Healing, Reduce Wrinkles & Rejuvenate Health

and you can see the benefits I have from doing this in the review Joovv Review - Powerful Results With The Red Light Therapy Device + EMF Levels Tested

8. Morning Stretches & Mobility

Next I do a few mobility exercises and turkish getups.

This only takes me 5 minutes, but gets the heart pumping and takes a few joints through their motions.

I only train once a week, and mobility has been a weak point of mine, so my doing a few minutes every morning I can maintain and even slightly improve my mobility, stability, flexibility and basic movement patterns.

 9. Morning Health Cocktail

This consists of:

10. Check my Oura Ring Data and HRV Score

My Oura Ring has finished charging now, so I check my sleep score and also review my readiness and HRV score.

This data helps me track my health, resilience and determines if I should train today or wait another day.

You can read more about this data in my article How To Easily Measure Your Heart Rate Variability.

You can see how I get great Deep sleep scores in my article How To Increase Deep Sleep

And you can learn more about the Oura Ring (and save when ordering by using discount code ALEXFERGUS) in my article - The One Wearable To Rule Them All? Oura Ring Review

11. Morning Walk

I will go for a 20minute walk - ideally barefoot on the beach, but if thats not possible, then a walk through a park or as close to nature as possible (by streams, or in forests etc).

I often take my phone to play a podcast with my Airtube headset, but I will leave my phone on airplane mode all morning.

I just download podcast episodes the night before.

I don't want any distractions during this walk (or in the morning).

12. Water Garden and Indoor Plants While Barefoot Grounding Outside

I try to physically connect with nature as often as possible throughout the day.

13. Make a Smoothie For Breakfast

Recipe's vary, but generally it is something from the list in this article - Healthy Breakfast Ideas That Will Keep Your Coach Happy

14. Take my Morning Supplements

Herbs are taken on an empty stomach, vitamins and minerals are taken with food.

I'm a big fan of supplements, but I do have a few 'rules'. I cover this in the article - What You Need To Know About Supplements

Typically though I will take:

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  • CoQ10 - I like Life Extensions range HERE
  • Vitamin C - I use THIS
  • Thyroid Extract - I use THIS
  • Zinc - I use THIS

15. Morning Gratitude Journalling

For this I either use the:

  • 5 Minute Journal (you can view that HERE), or
  • the protocol outlined in the book 59 Seconds

16. Day Planning

For this I use the Productivity Planner Guide 

17. Turn My Phone On And Start The Day

Finally I will disable Airplane mode and turn on the computer.

I will use my day plan to get started on work.

During the day I follow the productivity tips outlined in this article - 13 Tips to Increase Productivity

 

And Thats My Morning Routine!

Remember, you can download this routine on a one page cheat sheet HERE.

Also, if you want to see this routine in action, be sure to watch the Youtube Video I put together HERE.

Finally, I'd love to hear your:

  • Feedback
  • Questions
  • Own routine!

It would be great to see a what readers do with their mornings. Please leave your morning rituals in the comment box below.

 

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