Are you sooooo not a morning person but are forced to wake up early during the week to go to work? If so, the thought of exercising in the morning may be nothing but a hazy dream (or nightmare) for you. While we can’t change the fact that we need to make money in order to afford the apartment we’re renting, and buy food so we can sustain life, there are ways to squeeze in a quick, morning workout before you start your commute.
First let’s answer this question: Why we should exercise in the a.m.? Exercising in the morning has benefits that will last you all day, which include:
- A fired-up metabolism: You’ll be burning fat on company time.
- More energy: You will be more energetic and focused at work (future employee of the month!)
- Appetite stays in check: You won’t graze and are less likely to grab for that 3 p.m. candy bar.
- You don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day!
With all of these benefits, you may start to like waking up early or at least hate it less. Ready to start? Snag one of these cool alarm clocks that will definitely get you out of bed and try the following exercises:
Yoga: Yoga calms your mind, and this is especially useful in the morning. Before you enter the craziness of the day, try these 5 moves you should be practicing daily.
Full-body moves, in bed: Did you know your bed acts as a great unstable piece of exercised equipment? By doing planks, push-ups and table tops in bed, you are working different muscles in your body than you would on a stable surface. Want more of a challenge? Try these 22 heart-pumping bodyweight exercises which includes side planks with leg lifts, one leg squats, and burpees. Whew!
Quick cardio: No one knows morning workouts better than military personnel. Military fitness trainer and former Navy SEAL Stew Smith has the following suggestions for a quick cardio workout in the morning:
Keep it real simple and rotate between jumping jacks and pushups. Smith suggests doing 10 jumping jacks and 10 pushups. Repeat the non-stop cycle five to 10 times depending on your fitness level. This takes three to five minutes if you push all 10 sets.
Another easy to way to get in a cardio workout in the morning is to "run, bike, walk, elliptical glide or row for 15 to 20 minutes ... adding in a quick burst of cardio for the remaining time you have," Smith says.
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