Just the thought of working out first thing in the morning sounds like drudgery. And to makes matters work, you typically work late, wake up late, and don’t get enough sleep to begin with. But there’s no better time to make a change than with the new year. Disconnect from your phone by 10 p.m., force yourself into bed by 11, and set your alarm an hour earlier than usual. These morning workouts are short, quick, simple, and just enough to get the blood flowing and boost your energy levels.
Cat Camel Stretch
Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.
Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.
Double Leg Lift
This exercise is an effective ab exercise, working for both upper and lower abs. It is an ideal core strength builder when performed correctly. Though it is challenging, it can be an excellent morning workout routine for beginners.
It is an extremely effective form of cardio respiratory exercise. If done regularly, it strengthens your calf muscles and helps in improving the elasticity of the surrounding tendons and fascia. This reduces the risk of lower-leg injuries.
If this seems too basic, you need to get over that. Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise out there and is something that more people should incorporate into their lives.
If you have a job that doesn’t keep you active, this can be a great exercise to keep your body moving early in the day. Walking in the morning will help you get those steps in early and then anything you may get later on is a bonus.
High-Intensity Interval Training
This is a more intense form of a morning workout exercise but trust me, it will get you going! High-intensity interval training or HIIT is when you engage in an intense period of exercise followed by a slower paced recovery period.
You can do this in many ways. An easy example is using a stationary bike; you would start with a 5-10 minute warm up to get your heart rate up and blood flow to the muscles.
Low-Intensity Interval Training
This might be a new one for you but it’s a form of exercise that may be more practical for you than HIIT training. It’s also effective and works best done outside. Low-intensity interval training takes that same concept as its high-intensity alternative but is a lower intensity as the name implies.