Rise & shine sir!
Everyone knows that how you start your day can set the stage for your day. So why not make your opening scene something beautiful. When Brett Easton Ellis created super yuppy Patrick Bateman he gave him a morning routine worthy of a king.
In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now.
After I remove the icepack, I use a deep pore-cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey-almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial masque which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine.
I always use an after-shave lotion with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm, followed by a final moisturizing “protective” lotion…
The extent of this character’s vanity is immediately obvious. No man should expect to reach this albeit fictional, but unnecessarily high bar. Although there are some aspects that can be taken woven in to your mornings. Many men swear by starting their day with some rigorous exercise. Barack Obama is said to begin every day with a pre-breakfast 6:45am workout. Personal trainers will tell you that not everyone’s physiology is suited for burning lactic acid at early hours of the day. Either way the key is to get enough exercise to make you feel good, but not so much that you’re asleep at your desk by 11:30am.
The fuel you choose to start your day may depend on the part of the world you call ‘home’. French, Italian and Spanish breakfasts often come with layers of butter, coffee and chocolate. All delicious, but hardly nutritional. The traditional English breakfast is a luxury, but heavily loaded with fat and most likely to leave you dragging your bones through the day.
Nutritionists advise you start your day with a mix of slow releasing energy food (cereals, bananas, brown bread) and protein (eggs, turkey bacon, greek yoghurt). Huffington Post have a great selection of breakfast ideas.
However you choose to set yourself up for each day, remember your routine should be built around what you want achieve. It’s important not to let bad habits stick.
So how do you plan to start your day?