17 Simple Things You Can Do This Morning to Guarantee a Successful Day

Exercise a bit—on an empty stomach

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Working out before you eat, researchers say, encourages your body to burn more fat for energy rather than relying on carbohydrates from food. In a Journal of Physiology study, participants who exercised after breakfast still gained weight (as did a control group who didn’t exercise), but those who ­exercised on an empty stomach did not. Moreover, research from the University of Vermont shows that the mood-­enhancing benefits of a 20-minute workout can last for 12 hours, a boost you’ll want to enjoy all day long.

Don’t take a hot shower

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Take a cold one. A growing body of research shows that enduring cold temperatures in the morning can lead to lower body fat, a stronger immune system, more energy, and even a higher overall tolerance to pain.

Don’t dress for success

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is famous for his dressed-down style of jeans and a gray T-shirt. Zuckerberg explained to the Independent that he prefers to save his mental energy for important decisions rather than stressing about what to wear. While you may not be able to leave the house every day in jeans, you could simplify your wardrobe by color coordinating mix-and-match outfits.

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