Bust Out a Few Morning Exercises for All-Day Energy
As you know, exercise is an effective way to stay healthy. In fact, in many cases, the doctor will actually prescribe exercise to combat health-related issues!
This is because exercise helps regulate blood circulation within the body and contributes towards overall well-being.
There are numerous varieties of morning exercises out there. Some are aimed at weight loss, some for building muscle, some for strengthening muscles and bones, and some for just staying healthy.
Morning exercises to get you going
Did you know that exercise can help increase your concentration and memory? Surprising, right? In fact, a few exercises performed in the morning can help you to stay energized all day and improve your concentration [Editor’s note: I’ve found this to be 100% true].
But, people always use this excuse, “I’m so tired in the morning… there is no way I can take time to exercise.” You need to be determined to start your day with a few simple exercises to get the blood flowing and your body moving.
Take a look at the following list of a few basic morning exercises that are time-friendly and effective.
A morning walk is the most basic form of exercise out there. A few minutes of walking can help you burn calories and lose the extra pounds of fat that might be present. Plus, it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help strengthen your bones and muscles.
Morning workouts like a morning walk outdoors has additional benefits: fresh air and exposure to the morning sun. You can increase your time and distance as your exercise capacity increases.
2. Jumping Jacks:
This is another simple exercise that can be performed anywhere. Stand straight with your hands at your sides. Now jump and bring your hands high up over your head and your legs apart in midair. Land in the original position; with feet together and hands by the sides.
This exercise will help improve your cardiovascular health and tone your muscles; especially the calves and the deltoids. Start by doing this for one minute and gradually increase as you get used to it.
3. Balancing the Table Pose:
For this exercise, you need to go down on your hands and knees. While in this position you should inhale. Now, slowly exhale as you lift your left leg and keep it straight parallel to the ground. Simultaneously lift your right hand and keep it straight too. Get back to the starting position and inhale.
Repeat the same thing with your right leg and your left hand. This is a classic yoga pose and a wonderful exercise that helps increase your concentration. Repeat this 10 times on each side.
Squats are one of the most common exercises prescribed. Start by standing straight with your feet placed shoulder length apart. Cross your hands and place them on your chest. Now, slowly lower your body, bending your knees forward. The knees should be in line over the toes.
Hold this position for 1-2 seconds, then return back to the original position. If you are a beginner, start by doing this exercise for 10 repetitions.
5. Bicycle Crunches:
This is a more complicated form of exercise, but very effective when done properly. Lay on your back with your palms under your head. Lift your legs up and begin cycling in the air.
Each time you pull a leg towards your chest perform a crunch simultaneously (see it here). Repeat this for at least 10 to 15 reps per leg. This will help you tone your stomach and strengthen your thighs, hamstring, and calves.
If these 5 morning exercises are performed on a regular basis, they can help you stay fit and energized all day.
Perform exercises #1-4 every morning and perform #5 three times a week. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and work out!
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