Whether you’re a morning person or not, getting up early to exercise can boost your mood, reduce stress and increase energy. It’s also been shown to improve sleep and help you lose weight, but many people struggle to stick to a workout routine in the morning. We’re here to tell you that it’s doable, and it can be the best way to start your day!
In addition to being more effective than snoozing your alarm, morning exercise can be more efficient as you avoid gym crowds and can make time for other healthy habits (like prepping breakfast). Plus, it’s a great way to get your day off to a positive start with that post-workout endorphin boost.
It’s easy to think that you can’t fit in a morning workout when you have to wake up before the sun rises, but you might be surprised at how little time it actually takes. The trick is to make it part of your daily routine, and once it’s there, you can do it without thinking about it.
Having your workout routine written down will help you keep on track with it, too. So put your trainers on and get that music cranking, because these three great morning workouts will have you dripping sweat at the crack of dawn (or even before it’s up).
This quick, low-impact move strengthens glute and leg muscles while you wake up. Repeat it several times before you get out of bed or sit down for breakfast.
Cardio Shadow Boxing
Cardioshadowboxing (also known as bodyweight cardio and boxing for the soul) is an amazing, low impact exercise that gets your heart rate up quickly. You can do it without a bag or equipment at home by holding yourself up against the wall and punching in the air in front of a mirror.
Whether it’s on your treadmill at home or the local track, going for a run first thing in the morning is a great way to clear your mind and get some fresh air. If you’re not used to a long distance, start with a short walk or jog and gradually build up your endurance.
Single Leg Glute Bridge
Spending all day in a sitting position weakens your glute muscles, so making them a regular part of your workout will help you avoid lower back pain and stiffness. This simple move works your core, hips and quads while you recharge before the day starts.
Morning workouts can be the perfect way to kickstart your day and stay on track with your fitness goals. Having a routine will make it easier to get started, and once you get in the habit, it can be hard to stop! So get up and get moving, and don’t forget to set your alarm a bit earlier so you can squeeze in a few more exercises. Good luck!
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