No one likes waking up on the wrong side of the bed. You feel cranky and irritable and dread taking on the busy day ahead of you. That’s no way to start your day! Instead, brighten your morning with a quick and easy workout. Just 10 minutes of simple exercise will get your blood pumping and raise your spirits, so you can conquer your busy schedule with a positive attitude.
Try the easy exercises below to start your day off on the right foot. Make sure you warm up and cool down by stretching, too.
This is a great exercise to strengthen your abs. Lay on your back on the floor and rest your arms out to your sides. Bring your knees to your chest, and then, keeping your core engaged, slowly lean your hips to the left, so your torso twists. Bring your knees toward the floor, stopping before they reach the ground. Hold for one count, then bring your knees back to the center above your hips. Repeat on the right side. Keep alternating sides for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
The squat plank is a dynamic exercise that works multiple muscle groups, including your quads, arms and core. Begin standing with your feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart and then bend your legs to enter a squat position. Hold for 3 seconds, then place your arms in front of you on the ground and walk them out so your legs are straight and you are in a plank position. Hold the plank for 3 seconds and then walk your arms back toward your feet and return to the squat position. Repeat the sequence five times.
Start the day off with a better attitude and higher energy levels by exercising in the morning.
Don’t overlook this classic exercise – it raises your heart rate, is a great burst of aerobic activity and will get your energy levels up faster than the sun can rise! Begin standing up, then jump your legs out to the side while simultaneously bringing your hands together over your head, then jump back into your starting position with arms at your sides. Do jumping jacks for a full minute to feel ready to take on whatever the day brings.
Push-ups are a go-to exercise for a reason. They build chest and arm strength, while holding the plank position develops your ab muscles. Begin by assuming a plank position, with your core and arm muscles engaged and with hands directly beneath the shoulders. Bend elbows and lower your body to the floor, without letting your chest or legs rest on the ground. Push back up into plank position, and repeat 5-10 times. If you struggle to do a standard push-up, you can modify it by bending your knees to form a plank, instead of resting on your feet. Conversely, you can make a push-up more challenging and work extra muscle groups by bringing one leg up to your side each time you push up, alternating sides.