The High Performance Journal

5 Ways To Create A Superhuman Morning

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The High Performance Journal​ - March 14th 2023

When I was single and in my 30’s I had horrible morning habits.

I would start my day by going on my phone and scrolling the internet. Once that was done I’d fix myself a pot of coffee while staying glued to my phone.

I didn’t know it back then but my mornings were ruining my attention and energy for the rest of the day.

As I got older, I realized that the things you do in the morning ripple throughout the entire day.

While you may not need to have a robust morning routine you do want to be more mindful of the way you start your day.

In today’s issue, I want to share with you 5 of the best ways to start your mornings.

Before reading I must mention that you don’t need to apply everything in this list. As the great Bruce Lee once said,

“Absorb what is useful and discard what is useless”

So take what you feel will work for you. Start with 1-2 at a time and add or subtract as you see fit.

5 Ways to Create a Superhuman Morning


Your breath is the key to mastering your nervous system.

Breathwork is where you change your breathing patterns to improve your mental & physical well-being.

It’s powerful because it’s a tool to completely shift your energy and mood. I can calm you down, energize you or even lift your spirits.

One I use in particular is called Wim Hof breathing.

Here’s how to do it: Find a comfortable position.

  1. Breathe in deeply through the nose and into the belly.
  2. Exhale, then immediately breathe in again.
  3. Take 30–40 such breaths.
  4. Hold your breath until getting the urge to breathe again.
  5. Inhale deeply and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat 3–5 times.

I did an entire thread on breathwork that you can access here:


Cold Showers

Cold showers suck to do but they come with many benefits.

It triggers a healthy release of dopamine into your system to start your day. There is a difference between getting dopamine from the cold as opposed to a video game.

When you get dopamine from a video game you raise your levels but after you’re done they drop below baseline, which can cause a low.

When you get dopamine from cold exposure you raise your levels and after you’re done they stay elevated and drop to your baseline, which helps you avoid a crash.

I did 30 days straight of cold showers and have gotten so many benefits that I decided to keep it as part of my morning routine.

I did a video on it that .

Eat The Frog

I got this term from Brian Tracy and it refers to the idea of getting the hardest thing done first thing in the morning.

The idea is to identify one challenging task (the frog) and complete it first thing in the morning (eating it).

Let’s say that you have a big project you need to work on and you’re procrastinating on it. Make that your frog in the morning and eat it.

Or maybe you’re finding it hard to get your workouts in. Make that your frog in the morning and eat it.

Take the hardest thing in your life and front load it in the morning to take the pressure off.

Bodyweight Strength Circuits

Want to start your days off with a bang? Do a quick strength circuit to wake up your body.

The act of doing a strength circuit is that it releases adrenaline and endorphins into your body. This speeds up the time it takes to get you awake and ready to go.

A quick circuit to do is this one:

  1. Glute bridge x 12 to 15
  2. Pushups x 12 to 15
  3. Mountain Climbers x 12 to 15 per side
  4. Squats x 12 to 15 reps

You would go from one exercise to another without resting. This will get the heart pumping and the body ready for the day ahead.

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Take A Walk Outside

Walking in the morning boosts mood, energy, and improves your mental health and brain health.

When you do it outside you’re getting morning sun exposure, which turns on your circadian rhythms to start working for you.

This is one of the most underrated ways to feel amazing in the morning.


Feeling Superhuman Yet?

The big idea from this list is to choose 1-2 and test them out for yourself.

One of the best ways to learn, especially when it comes to your body, is to apply what you’ve discovered.

Knowledge without application is useless. Applied knowledge is wisdom.

Here’s to you feeling superhuman first thing in the morning.

- Dan


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