You could squeeze in some exercise
Not a morning person? To start waking up earlier, you don’t have to be—just quit snoozing, and keep moving! Going to the gym before the sun’s up is a great way to seize the day, and the habit can even boost your mood and productivity. For lifestyle blogger Jessica Booth, rising and shining created time for a morning yoga routine. “My session woke me up, gave me energy, and just generally made me feel more relaxed and less stressed,” she wrote for bustle.com. Plus, getting your workout done earlier in the day can free up the evenings for any unexpected events or responsibilities that might pop up. Still doubtful? We bet you haven’t tried these tricks for exercise motivation.
You could eat healthier
When you’re running late, it might be tempting to grab a fast food burrito or give in to donut temptation on your way to the office. But all of those extra morning calories can add up fast. In a 2011 Northwestern University study, late sleepers consumed 248 more calories a day, twice as much fast food, and half as many fruits and veggies as early risers. The night owls also had a higher average BMI. Instead, use your extra hour in the morning to cook a healthy, high-protein breakfast (say, of eggs, fruit, and whole wheat toast) to keep you feeling satisfied and curb your cravings all day long.