le necessary and crucial can be absolute obstacles in your fitness journey, especially if you tend to work late, sleep late and regularly not get enough sleep. However, not all morning workouts are equal.
Just imagine waking up dazed and confused while struggling haggardly to get in some work to stretch your wings before a busy day. Seems like such a terrible chore, isn’t it? What is recommended though, first thing first, is try not to wake up dazed and confused. Stop playing video games, turn off your computers by 10 p.m., drink less coffee, less alcohol, be in bed by 11 and set your alarm clock earlier than normal. All those things and more. Once you’re in a better state to greet the day, you’re in a better mood and more willing to do more things. Even things such as morning workouts. With the new year arrived, there’s no better time than now to start incorporating a whole new living habit.
If you’re not a morning person, read with an open mind and see if it’s worth changing certain rooted aspects of your daily routine for morning workouts. But morning workouts are absolutely worth it, no doubt about it. The way you wake up in the morning can affect the rest of your day, hence it’s important that you start the day feeling great and awesome. An early morning workout can offer you numerous benefits, especially in regards to your mood and metabolism boosting. You will feel more confidence and more energized walking out of the door with a good, hearty morning workout. And even better, most morning workouts only take a few minutes or at best half an hour, allowing more free time for breakfast, newspaper reading or if you’re a workaholic, preparations for day jobs.
As your body will likely still be in snooze mode when you wake up, intense exercises are not recommended. Instead, most morning workouts consist of light, short exercises that are designed to help strengthen and stretch your entire body while getting the blood pumping, but gentle enough so that you can do it without expending much energy. Below are 5 basic exercises that you can do to start your day strong.
Single Leg Squats
START: Stand with your feet a bit further apart from your hips, hold your arms out in front of you. Straighten your back and slightly bend your knees forward.
FINISH: Shift your weight to your left foot, then raise your right heel off the ground. Lower yourself while keeping your right foot off the floor. Raise your body back up until your supporting leg is straight then repeat.
Plank With Knee Taps
START: Get into the plank position, hands directly under your shoulders.
FINISH: Engage your core to keep torso still, then draw right knee up to chest level and lift left hand to tap right knee. Do the same thing for your left knee. Continue alternating.
START: Start lying face down but with your arms holding your entire body.
FINISH: Lower your body, breathe in while doing it, then get back up to the starting position. Repeat for as much as you can and increase the amount as you go.
START: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, then place your hands on your hips.
FINISH: Take one step forward with the left leg, lower your right knee so that it almost touches the floor. Continue alternating.
Double Leg Lifts
START: Lie face up, keep your legs glued together. Extend them up towards the ceiling until they form a 90-degree angle with your body. Keep your arms by your sides.
FINISH: Keep your core engaged and lower back pressed to mat, then slowly lower your legs down as low as possible. Lift your legs back to the starting position and repeat.