Kick-Start Your Day with a Morning Workout

21 Jan

earlymornig-475x320[1]Morning exercise boasts lots of beneficial effects. Starting your day with a workout improves your alertness, cognition, and focus; boosts your metabolism and revs your fat-burning engine; and may help you make smarter food choices for breakfast as well as other meals. Working out in the morning may also improve your quality of sleep. When you wake up earlier to exercise, you expend more energy throughout the day, which may tire you out more quickly and allow you to sleep more deeply at night.

Working out in the morning may mean having to wake up a little earlier to start your day. If you have a hard time getting out of bed for work or school, you may find it challenging to incorporate a workout into your morning routine. Give it a try…  see if morning exercise is right for you. Wake up 10 or 15 minutes earlier than your normal time and do some pushups, body-weight squats, and/or jumping jacks. You don’t need an hour workout to realize the benefits of morning exercise. Be realistic. As you settle into a routine, try to wake up a little earlier and extend your workout time. If you belong to a gym, you might even consider exercising there on your way to work.

Motivate Yourself for Morning Exercise

  • Find a workout partner.  There’s a good chance you’ll keep each other accountable and stick to the plan.
  • Prepare the night before.  Get all your workout gear and water bottle ready for the next morning.
  • Set a goal.  Lose a few pounds, fit into that old pair of jeans, get stronger.
  • Program your cell phone to wake you up with a pre-recorded inspirational message.
  • Go to bed early the night before your morning workout, and get a good night’s sleep so you feel well-rested in the morning.
  • Choose a consequence if you miss a morning workout.  Think of a self-imposed sanction that will help keep you accountable. (no social media for the rest of the day!)

Here’s a quick, challenging, and effective workout I found in Men’s Health magazine.  It’s called the “55” Workout.  Give it a try… here’s how!

  • Perform 10 pushups and 1 body-weight squat.
  • Without rest or pause (or as little as possible), perform 9 pushups and 2 squats.
  • Continue this same pattern (1 less pushup, 1 more squat) until your last set of 1 pushup and 10 squats.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

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2 Responses to “Kick-Start Your Day with a Morning Workout”

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