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10 Morning Routines You’ll Actually Want To Wake Up For

So you’re ready to revamp your morning routine? Awesome! Here are some tips to get you excited about starting your day on the right foot.

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Sure, you could sneak in an extra 20 minutes of shut-eye...

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1. ...but in that time you could also make time for a cardio workout, like walking your dog...

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Exercise gets the endorphins flowing, and what better time to feel happy and energized than at the start of the day?

2. ...or do some light stretching...

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The benefits of stretching aren't just physical. Taking the time to stretch out your muscles can do wonders for stress release and help you calm your mind before starting your day.

3. ...or at least sing in the shower and dance around in your towel and NOT be late for work.

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If you don't already have a morning playlist, it's time to make one.

Sure, you could spend 10 minutes scrolling through your phone before actually getting out of bed...

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...but in that time you could also...

4. ...make time to sit down for breakfast and read a couple of pages of that book you still haven't finished...

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On average, 11 minutes of reading a day is equal to one book a month!

5. ...try making a smoothie with leftover fruit or vegetables...

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Place all your ingredients into a bag and keep them in the freezer. All you have to do in the morning is put them in the blender, add milk, and blend!

6. ...or experiment with overnight oats.

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They taste as good as they look, and the combinations are endless. Try adding peanut butter and chopped banana to oats with a sprinkle of chia seeds.

7. Not on a health kick? Cook bacon strips in pancake batter!

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Squirt pancake batter onto bacon strips as they cook on the griddle!

Sure, you could spend five minutes with your eyes closed dreading getting out of bed...

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8. ...but in that time you could write out a gratitude list...

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Taking the time to feel grateful basically gives you superpowers. The list of benefits includes increased self-esteem, better sleep, stronger relationships, and increased energy!

9. ...or text your loved ones to start the day off on the right foot!

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A little human connection goes a long way!

10. ...or try a simple five-minute guided meditation before you start your day.

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Did you know that meditation can actually have a physical effect on your brain? A 2009 study showed that people who practiced meditation regularly for anywhere between five and 46 years "had more gray matter in regions of the brain that are important for attention, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility."

Inspired to change up your routine? Try rethinking your morning with a smooth and balanced cup of Starbucks True North Blend®.