Ralph Waldo Emerson.
What are your habits? Are they mostly good? Do they take you towards your goals, towards your purpose? Do they positively affect your life and the lives of those around you? What are your not-so-good habits?
These are some of the daily rituals – which we consider good habits – that keep us moving in a positive direction:
Apple Cider Vinegar: known for its probiotic and immunity-boosting properties, raw organic and unpasteurised ACV is an easy and effective way to promote a healthy body. Every morning – first thing – we mix a tablespoon with a splash of cold water followed by a splash of boiling water to make it nice and warm.
Meditation: just 10 minutes per day is all it takes to strengthen and sharpen your mind. Meditation doesn’t have to be an esoteric and awkward practice of loud and rhythmic humming. Consider your mind as another muscle that needs to be exercised. By taking some time each day to settle and centre your mind, you can very quickly learn to manage mood, stress and scattered thoughts. Not only will your relationships thank you for it, you might find a positive improvement in your training psychology. We love using apps like Headspace and 1 Giant Mind, or searching YouTube for short guided meditation sessions.
Mobility work: just another 10 minutes per day of purposeful proactive mobility work is a fantastic habit to get into. Not only does it promote improved performance through maintaining and increasing range of motion and optimising joint biomechanics, it is a useful preventative measure to take. The 10 Minute Mobility Guide has all you need to get started.
Daily movement: aside from actual scheduled training sessions, it is important to maintain a consistently high level of movement throughout the day, from the time that you wake up. This might be a 20-minute walk around your neighbourhood in the morning, or just making sure that you get up from your desk at work every hour to open up your hips and take a quick stroll. It could be that you vow to only use stairs and never take the elevator. Whatever it is, you need to move more often than just during your 60-90 minutes of training on any given day.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Let us know what your morning rituals or daily habits are. We’d love to hear what you are doing to achieve excellence in your training and in life!