October 21 2017

5 Exercises You Should Do As Soon As You Wake Up by Hillary Hope, Guest Blogger

Morning workouts are the best day to start the day and wake up. Once you are done with the struggle of not hitting the snooze button, you can start with a morning routine that will keep you fresh throughout the entire day. The benefits of exercise are basically countless, but implementing a quick morning workout in your daily routine is the best way to wake up your mind and muscles, as well as prepare yourself for the new day.

‘After I’ve spent a long time at the desk at work, I immediately run home for the long-waited rest. Exercising in the morning has helped me survive through even the most exhausting days, and even though it was hard at the beginning, it turned out to be a life-changing decision for me’ – says Kit Richmond, a content writer at Assignment masters.

If you are wondering where and how to begin, here are some ideas for your morning exercise routine:

1.    Fast Feet

The fast feet exercise is a simple exercise that requires a lot of focus. Moving your feet only sounds dull and boring, but once you get started, you will notice the great effects it has on your body.

Fast feet is a combination of two – your nervous system and the brain. It works by moving your feet fast, which is where it got its name.

How to:

  • Take a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Bent your knees for better effect and stand on the balls of your feet
  • Pick up one foot and put it back down quickly
  • Repeat the same on the opposite leg
  • Continue doing this at a fast pace

This is an energizing exercise that tones your calves, outer tights, quads, and glutes. You should do it for approximately 30 seconds every morning.

1.    Jumping Jacks

It is nice to stretch your entire body in the morning, and this exercise allows for exactly that. Jumping Jacks works in a dynamic way, and it helps you elevate the heart rate, wake the brain up, and open up the chest.

How to:

  • Take a standing position with the feet together and the arms by your sides
  • Start jumping with your feet out
  • Bring both your arms above the head, in the air simultaneously with jumping
  • When you jump your feet back together, bring the arms back the sides
  • Repeat this exercise quickly and for 30 seconds

1.    Forearm Plank

The forearm plank will wake every muscle in your body’s core, as well as your brain. It is a bit of a harder exercise, which makes it the perfect way to wake up. And the best thing is, you need only 30 seconds of it in the morning!

How to:

  • Keep your knees and forearms on the ground, in a shoulder-width position
  • Stack your elbows underneath your shoulders. Your arms should be located in front of you, on the ground
  • Lift the knees off the ground
  • Pus the feet back and extend your body fully, in a way that it creates a single long line
  • Keep the hips lifted and the core tight
  • Keep the neck in line with the spine
  • Stay in that position for 30 seconds

2.    Roll-Up

Part of the Pilates programs, the roll-up is a stretching exercise that strengthens the back of your body. It does wonders for your sleepy lower and upper back, neck and the hamstrings. In addition to this, rolling helps you reduce the tension in the spine.

How to:

  • Lie with your face up on a mat
  • Keep your arms on the floor, right above the head
  • Float the arms in a way that your wrists are over the shoulders
  • Start curling the spine up and off the floor
  • Fold over both legs. They should form an U shape with your body
  • Reverse this movement
  • Repeat for 30 seconds

3.    Bicycle Crunches

Twisting your body in the morning helps a lot with energizing it for the rest of the day. If you had a long or bumpy night, this is an amazing exercise to keep you active during the day. In addition, it does wonders with your oblique.

How to:

  • Bent your knees and take a sitting position
  • Lift your feet and place the hands behind your head
  • Keep your back straight and chest up
  • Start leaning back and engage your abs
  • Twist and bring your right elbow to the left knee, while keeping your right leg straightened
  • Repeat on the opposite side
  • Repeat for 30 seconds

Start implementing these exercises in your morning routine. A few minutes of exercise in the morning is the healthiest way to start your day!

Hillary Hope a freelancer writer in the Assignment masters and a person who practices Pilates on regular basis. She fell in love in the discipline three years ago and has become a kind of an expert ever since.


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