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Hack your morning routine?

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM
Created October 08, 2010 at 5:57 PM

What is your morning routine? Does it involve paleo components?

And...do you get enough sleep to do get a good routine going?

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11478 · October 09, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Here's a potential disadvantage to living without an alarm clock: http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Sugarcubes:Traitor:302431:s29073523.8269616.40479.0.1.70%2Cstd_15abe8a18ac700022cc40230038b7255

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553 · October 09, 2010 at 3:57 AM

WCC Paul: I use this exact same logic as well; I usually grab my smartphone first and start checking out emails first. I figure that bluish light has to be good for something!

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24523 · October 09, 2010 at 2:33 AM

"I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches--I can do a thousand now...then a honey almond body scrub"...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46-WNPlCYsg

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4896 · October 09, 2010 at 2:04 AM

I guess it simply works ;-)

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13983 · October 09, 2010 at 1:29 AM

@WCC Paul - I'm not an arm stretcher. I might do some sort of feline stretch while still in bed. So, I guess that's similar to what you're talking about. @Kamal - I don't find the stretch too stretchy; however, I'm pretty flexible to begin with. I've found that this stretch I've mentioned gets everything evenly stretched and gets the blood flowing! In short, it wakes the rest of me up!! :)

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9647 · October 09, 2010 at 1:10 AM

I also find I spontaneously do "resistance stretching" -- where you both stretch the muscle and use it at the same time. (Like Cooley http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Flexibility-Smart-Stretch-Strengthen/dp/0743270878 ) In fact I think most people do this instinctively at some point or other in the morning: the reach out with the flexed arms, you know what I mean.

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15976 · October 09, 2010 at 12:10 AM

amazing, like youre describing my routine:)

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24523 · October 08, 2010 at 11:55 PM

gilliebean: Do ever feel like the stretch is too...(stretchy?) without movement/bloodflow beforehand? I'd love to get up and take a little walk outside, then stretch. But new england winters aren't so conducive to that.

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9647 · October 08, 2010 at 9:08 PM

And oh yeah, an answer to the second part of the question: there's always a little bit of forcing awake, even if I've slept 8 1/2 hours and am in good health. If I don't force awake I'll start sleeping a little later every day, which is disastrous for someone who sets his own hours.

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24523 · October 08, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Examples of morning routines: Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Jude Law in Gattaca...

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24523 · October 08, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Good point, I edited the question.

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9647 · October 08, 2010 at 9:05 PM

As soon as I realized that looking at a computer screen at night disturbs my sleep like nothing else I also realized that looking at one in the morning will wake me the heck up. So I usually reach for the laptop first thing on waking up -- and, yes, that usually includes looking at paleohacks.

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553 · October 09, 2010 at 3:57 AM

WCC Paul: I use this exact same logic as well; I usually grab my smartphone first and start checking out emails first. I figure that bluish light has to be good for something!

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9647 · October 08, 2010 at 9:08 PM

And oh yeah, an answer to the second part of the question: there's always a little bit of forcing awake, even if I've slept 8 1/2 hours and am in good health. If I don't force awake I'll start sleeping a little later every day, which is disastrous for someone who sets his own hours.

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37187 · December 07, 2011 at 12:26 AM

One advantage of being older is that I no longer work. Therefore, I go to sleep when I get sleepy and I wake up as it gets light.

My morning routine is my personal ideal--I walk my 3 toy dogs, manage my water kefir hobby (each morning I have to start a new fermentation and bottle yesterday's for a secondary one), chop up raw meat for the pets and dish that out, THEN I sit and watch Mike & Mike in the Morning while sipping coffee that includes heavy cream and unprocessed honey. The Mikes provide plenty of chuckles.

Now I ask you, how much better could a morning be? :-))

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20787 · October 09, 2010 at 3:29 AM

I wake up naturally. I found in college that I did not require an alarm clock. My brain knows what time it is and wakes me up in time for whatever I need to do that day. I always leave the blinds open so that the sunlight helps encourage me to wake. I eat a few bites of fruit, meat, or cheese while surfing the net. Brush teeth, take shower and all that boring stuff, then off to work. It really hasn't changed much since paleo except that I snack on different foods and I naturally wake up earlier which leaves more time for net surfing.

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11478 · October 09, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Here's a potential disadvantage to living without an alarm clock: http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Sugarcubes:Traitor:302431:s29073523.8269616.40479.0.1.70%2Cstd_15abe8a18ac700022cc40230038b7255

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4089 · October 08, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I think that the most important Paleo part of my morning routine is having made sure I got enough sleep the night before. Second would be eating something Paleo for breakfast.

Ideally I'd like to be waking up in a yurt somewhere very scenic and having venison jerky before breakfast but before going out hunting or fishing, but that's just plain not compatible with remaining employed at my current job, or, for that matter, married.

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24523 · October 08, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Good point, I edited the question.

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5242 · December 06, 2011 at 11:40 PM

First thing first, I like to make sure the morning wood is in top condition and that my testosterone cycle appears to be in good order. And then I like to 'deal' with said morning wood.

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13983 · October 08, 2010 at 11:39 PM

I used to think that I had to eat before I worked out. Now I realize that I can go for a fasted workout and it's a good thing! Yay!

Also, I do the indigenous peoples stretch (a la Mark Sisson) as soon as I wake up. I feel like it relaxes and engages all my major muscle groups.

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13983 · October 09, 2010 at 1:29 AM

@WCC Paul - I'm not an arm stretcher. I might do some sort of feline stretch while still in bed. So, I guess that's similar to what you're talking about. @Kamal - I don't find the stretch too stretchy; however, I'm pretty flexible to begin with. I've found that this stretch I've mentioned gets everything evenly stretched and gets the blood flowing! In short, it wakes the rest of me up!! :)

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9647 · October 09, 2010 at 1:10 AM

I also find I spontaneously do "resistance stretching" -- where you both stretch the muscle and use it at the same time. (Like Cooley http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Flexibility-Smart-Stretch-Strengthen/dp/0743270878 ) In fact I think most people do this instinctively at some point or other in the morning: the reach out with the flexed arms, you know what I mean.

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24523 · October 08, 2010 at 11:55 PM

gilliebean: Do ever feel like the stretch is too...(stretchy?) without movement/bloodflow beforehand? I'd love to get up and take a little walk outside, then stretch. But new england winters aren't so conducive to that.

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4896 · October 08, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Mine hasn't changed much since going paleo, other than now I sometimes skip breakfast and my coffee has coconut milk or heavy cream in it... On work days it's still same - stumbling drunk-like to the bathroom, being slightly more awake after a shower, coffee and optional breakfast while checking email/net, dress up and walk to work.

on no work days showers goes much further down the line, coffee gets the priority and often it's a book instead of computer.

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4896 · October 09, 2010 at 2:04 AM

I guess it simply works ;-)

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15976 · October 09, 2010 at 12:10 AM

amazing, like youre describing my routine:)

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0 · December 06, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Part of what I actively do to hack my day, and my productivity, is reduce my screen time. It's easy for me to distract myself on my phone or on the computer, so I avoid getting on unless I know what I want to accomplish.

This is a challenge in the morning because I would use my phone to check the weather and my calendar, but end up sidetracked on social media. I actually found a free alarm clock app recently that will read me the weather while it wakes me up. It's a bit like Jarvis from Iron Man, except the voice is female.

Anyways, you can check out the app. It's called MyMorning http://itunes.apple.com/app/mymorning/id411725006?mt=8

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20 · October 09, 2010 at 2:12 AM

Whether or not it's Crossfit day, I eat a little lean protein, or a small mainly protein breakfast, such as chicken breakfast sausage & eggs, or leftover meat. I HATE to eat before working out, but if I don't I run out of gas before the workout ends.

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