5 Quick And Easy At-Home Morning Exercises
It can be hard when it comes to waking up in the morning, let alone working out. Morning workouts are not only easier to stick to but research also suggests that exercising in the morning before having your breakfast, may help your body burn more fat efficiently.
All you need is just a couple minutes of your time and a little floor space. This simple, equipment-free workout routine will help you to kick-start, and feel far more energized for the rest of the day!
Before you start, make sure you warm up and stretch properly to prevent injury.
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width, hips stacked over knees, and knees over ankles. Hinge at the hips then send hips back and bend knees to lower body. Keep your chest lifted and lower to at least 90 degrees. Lift your arms out in front of you for balance if you need. Stick your butt out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight. Squat away!
2. Double Leg Lift
Lie facing up on mat, extend your legs up toward the ceiling so your body forms a 90-degree angle, arms placed side by side. While keeping your core engaged and lower back pressed to mat, slowly lower legs down to the mat as low as possible (the lower you go the more effective it is). Keep your lower back pinned on the mat. Slowly lift legs back up to the starting position and repeat.
3. Plank with Knee Tap
First, you’re going to get into a high plank position, hands directly under your shoulders, shoulders are in-line with hips. Keep your core tight and engaged to keep the torso still. Without shifting your weight, draw your right knee to the chest and lift your right hand to tap the left knee. Alternate and go faster without losing your form.
Start with keeping your upper body straight, with shoulders back and relaxed, chin up and maintain form. Engage your core at all times. Step forward with your right leg, lower your hips until your knees are bent at about a 90 degree angle. Make sure the front knee is directly above the ankle and not pushed out too far. The other knee shouldn’t be touching the floor. It’s important to keep the weight in your heels as you are pushing back up into starting position.
5. Oblique Crunches
Lie flat on your back with knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Keep your hips firmly on the ground and lower your knees to the left side, your legs should remain together. Contract your abdominal muscles as you slowly lift your shoulder blades few inches off the ground. Hold the contraction while you are in the raised position for several seconds before lowering back down to the ground. Once you have completed a set of repetitions on your left side, repeat the exercise on the right side.
By the end, you’ll feel stretched, energized, and ready to take on the day.
These morning workouts are short, quick, simple, and just enough to get the blood flowing and boost your energy levels!
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