It's cold outside! 3 Healthy Tips for your Morning Routine (in the middle of winter)

Time to get up

Okay, you've hit the snooze button because the bed feels soooo good. Now you really have to get up.

Stretch it out! Stretches in bed wake-up your muscles and energize your mind while taking less than a minute to do. Harvard Health recommends stretching to set the tone for a calm morning and day.

While still lying down give a full body stretch, arms over head, legs straight out. Next, flex your legs, ankles and feet several times. Sit up in bed and slowly look left and right. Roll your shoulders, work your arms by holding them out and doing bicep curls. Flex your wrists and open and close your hands several times.

Morning stretches release the body's "feel good" chemicals!

Time for breakfast

Plenty of delicious toppings can be added to a warm bowl of oatmeal. Pre-cook your oatmeal the night before or make some overnight oats and then reheat with nut milk, cream, frozen fruit, nuts, bananas, fresh berries, apple sauce, shredded coconut, everything spice, cream cheese, dates, raisins, dried cranberries, or if you have the time make some Gluten Free Apple Spicy Muffins with oatmeal and serve them up warm and tender from the oven.

An enjoyable and healthy breakfast will start your day right!

Time to move to the groove

Music is a great motivator, and dancing warms your body up to face the cold. Studies tell us that positive music is good for us, aka makes us happy, so why not kick off your day to some favourite tunes? Play it loud, play it soft, sing along ... music has been shown to lower cortisol levels, boost the immune system, and help creativity.

Need some inspiration? Here are the 21 best songs to wake up to each morning from O The Oprah Magazine

or try Happy Day playlist: Canadian songs that'll get you dancing from the CBC!

Listening to happy music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical

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