Becoming a Morning Person in Manhattan

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There’s nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and famous New York bagel – but actually waking up to do this comes easier for some over others! Known as the city that never sleeps, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy your Glenwood apartment building and neighborhood before the work day begins. Here are a few changes New Yorkers can make to their schedule to get the most of every morning in Manhattan.

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Change Your Sleeping Schedule

It’s easier to rise and shine if you have a solid night’s sleep under your belt! While the recommended amount of sleep varies on age and level of physical activity, here’s a breakdown of how much sleep you and your family should aim to earn every night:

  • Infants: 12-15 hours
  • Preschoolers: 10-13 hours
  • School Age Children: 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers: 8-10 hours
  • Young Adults and Adults: 7-9 hours
  • Older Adults: 7-8 hours

In order to meet these suggested time frames, one way you can become a morning person, without lessening the amount of sleep you get, it to go to set firm bedtimes and wake up times. For instance, if you’re a young adult and value every minute of the suggested 7-9 hours of rest, set an alarm on your phone at 10:00 pm to hit the hay. If you set another alarm to wake up at 7:00 am, you’ll earn your full 9 hours! This, of course, can change depending on what you’d like to accomplish in the morning before heading to work – whether it’s a workout in the fitness center at a Glenwood building in the Upper East Side, or stopping by a favorite cafe on the West Side for breakfast.

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Eliminate Screen Time

It’s amazing to think about how much time we spend on our iPhones and laptops all day long – especially as busy New Yorkers.

While our mornings often begin with these devices, it’s easy to get lost in the latest social media updates and news stories. Rather than catching up as soon as you wake up, save your screen time for your commute to work. This will eliminate those extra 15 minutes spent in bed on your phone, and will give you more time to have a hearty breakfast or quick at-home workout!

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Make Time for Breakfast

Whether you prefer to cook a homemade breakfast or stop by your favorite local eatery, making time to actually eat breakfast is one of the most important, and nutritious, ways to become a morning person. Stopping for a quick bite to eat before jumping on the subway is time efficient, but you still need to make this time happen. Another option is to utilize your apartment’s updated kitchen to prep, cook, and enjoy a meal with your family. For residents of Hawthorn Park, Grand Tier, and The Encore, you’ll especially enjoy your breakfast with a view!

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Get into a Workout Routine

Group classes, gym sessions, and quick runs around the block are no strangers to the morning fitness scene in NYC. A great way to get your energy up in the morning is to rise a little earlier and squeeze in a workout.

In fact, there are a handful of workout options you can do right at home. Many of Glenwood’s apartment buildings, like The Bristol and Liberty Plaza feature state-of-the-art fitness centers that provide the perfect space for working out. If you prefer to work out with a 20 or 30-minute routine, setting up a home gym is another option as well. Want to break out of your normal gym routine? Swim a few laps in your building’s pool, or check out a local West Side yoga studio instead!

A Helpful Tip: Merge your normal routine of walking your dog with a brisk walk. Not only are you letting your pup explore, but you’ll get a nice stretch in, too!

Prep for Tomorrow, Today

All too many mornings are spent running from room to room, searching for misplaced keys, sunglasses, and that one piece of paper you just had in your hand. To avoid morning chaos, take a few extra minutes before bed and lay out everything you need for the following morning. This can range from packing your lunch the night before, laying out your kids’ outfits, packing your work bag, and so on. Proactivity planning ahead is always the solution to a smooth morning!

Are you looking for tips to become a morning person, or have you mastered a set routine that got you there? Share your bright feedback with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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