What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Are you the kind of person that loves to roll out of bed for a morning jog, or do you slog your way through the AM just trying to wake up enough to get off to work on time?
Morning exercise is one of the best things that you can do to wake yourself up properly, and it will definitely help you to enjoy that breakfast a lot more! Don’t worry: you don’t have to spend an hour at the gym each morning. If you’re a busy man or woman that just doesn’t have hours of morning to burn, you can wake yourself up, improve your fitness, and start your day off right with a bit of morning exercise!
At least one morning a week, wake up and stretch your body out. You need to get the blood flowing to your limbs, especially if you have back pains after a long night in bed. Most of the people with office jobs spend all day sitting on their rears, so they never really get the blood flowing to their limbs. They simply go from bed to breakfast table to car to office chair, and their body never gets properly started. Spend 15 minutes stretching all of your muscles and limbs, and you’ll feel amazing all day long!
Who says you need to run for 20 minutes just to wake up in the morning? You can run around the block a few times, and you’ll feel great! Just strap on those running shoes, and get yourself out the front door to run to the end of the street and back a few times. Don’t worry about pushing yourself too hard, but just get your muscles working and your lungs breathing hard. Within 5 or 10 minutes, you’ll be ready for the day.
Most of us hate starting the day by lifting weights, but you’ll be amazed by how great you feel once you’re done with a few sets. Just do a set of bench presses, a set of curls, a set of tricep extensions, a set of military presses, a set of squats, and a set of leg curls – hitting all of the major muscles in your body properly. You won’t tire your body out overmuch in the 10 minutes of lifting you do, but you’ll get the blood flowing to all of your limbs. When you finally do get to the gym in the afternoon, you’ll be much less likely to get sore muscles.
Why not drop down in the living room for a few push-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and jackknifes? You’ll be doing your core and upper body a favor, and you can get the blood flowing to your muscles right off the bat. You don’t even have to work too hard at it, but just push yourself to do one more repetition each day. By the time you’ve been doing this for a few weeks, you’ll be doing a whole lot of push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and other bodyweight exercises you once found so difficult.
If you really want to get jazzed in the morning, take 15 to 20 minutes to do a complete High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout. You’ll need to break out the intensity early in the morning, but your workout will be completely done after just 20 minutes. It’s a pretty rough workout to start your day off with, but you’ll feel absolutely amazing all day long! With a hearty breakfast to help you recover from your workout, you’re ready to face your work day.