This post has nothing to do with "movement", but it has a lot to do with your health.

I am always looking for ways to improve my physical well being and also my mental well being. I had a streak of several months not too long ago where I felt constantly disheveled. I was always fatigued, lacked motivation, felt like I never slept well...just didn't have that get up and go attitude like I used to. I am not sure what the source of this was, maybe expending all of my energy during chiropractic school and then in starting my own business. Whatever the reason was, I knew I needed to start making changes.

What I am going to tell you about in this post is the 2 changes I made in my daily life that have completely changed my mental attitude and energy levels.

1. Using an alarm clock and keeping my phone out of my bedroom

I am sure you have heard that looking at screens like TVs and phones and stuff makes it hard to sleep. I have read the same articles online that you have. I decided to make a rule that when I am in my bedroom I won't look at my cell phone, but I kept using it as my alarm clock.

For me, it is too tempting to have my phone in the bedroom. I will check it right before bed and look at it right when I wake up. This is mentally EXHAUSTING. What I have now transitioned to is using an alarm clock in my bedroom and having my phone charge in a completely different room of the house.

This one small change has completely changed how well I sleep and how rested I feel in the morning. I also get out of bed immediately rather than lay there and pointlessly look at my phone.

I bought this basic alarm clock recently, which has a battery back up: RCA Digital Alarm Clock

2. Read 30 minutes every morning before checking your phone

A lot of people will more easily get on board with #1 and think #2 is ridiculous. Read for 30 minutes every morning BEFORE checking my phone? Yes. Developing this habit of reading for 30 minutes every morning has changed my day from a wandering mess to a focused laser. You have to set the tone for your day as soon as you wake up. If you start with some self-development reading, your whole day will change. This habit is tough at first, but soon you crave it.

When I read for 30 minutes in the morning, it isn't about anatomy, movement, or science. I read books on happiness, self-help, personal development, etc. To me, books are such an amazingly underutilized resource. You can learn what took someone 50 years of life experience to acquire in mere hours. Repeat that day in and day out and you could literally have hundreds of years of really intelligent people's experience in your brain. I prefer reading books to listening to audio books as I find I am better able to concentrate and comprehend reading than listening. You can easily be distracted when listening to an audio book. Reading a book requires all your attention.

Here is a list of books I recommend for this morning reading session:

- The Slight Edge

- The Go-Giver

- Think and Grow Rich

- The Richest Man in Babylon

- Getting Things Done

- How to Win Friends & Influence People

- The Millionaire Real Estate Agent

- Rhinoceros Success

- The New Pyscho-Cybernetics

Over time, as I read more books that I like, I will add to this list. This list is not in a particular order EXCEPT The Slight Edge is a great one to start with.

Commit to making these two changes for 30 days and watch things in your life change in a very positive way.

Do you have a favorite book that isn't on this list? Share it in the comments!

- Ryan


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