4 Exercises To Get You Started in the Morning
We’ve all heard it: The best time to exercise is first thing in the morning. This, like many things in life, is easier said than done; getting out of bed itself can be a daily struggle. The one day you do decide to exercise to get you started in the morning, you can start making it a routine; but what exercises are best to do in the morning? Here are some to help fuel you for the rest of your day.
Up and Down the Stairs
One of the most effective ways to get your blood pumping are to climb the stairs. If you live in a two story or larger, a dozen laps up and down a flight of stairs can really get those quads burning. You could either walk, or better yet run. Also, extend this throughout the day, and use the stairs rather than an elevator or escalator.
This is one of the most common morning routines, becoming immensely popular within the last decade, and rightfully so. Practicing yoga can be therapeutic. It’s low-impact, and helps stretch your muscles after hours of being stiff all night, while regulating breathing to help clear your mind and body.
Ride a Bike
This one can be a little more challenging, but there’s nothing like riding a bike as the sun is rising. Ride to work if your job is close, enough, either your own or use the currently-all-the-rage bike share programs in many major cities. If a bike with wheels isn’t a realistic option, try a stationary bike. It’s not hard on the body, allows you to move at your own pace, and can really get your heart rate up.
Jumping Jacks or Jump Rope
Remember the mandatory jumping jack as part of every gym class warm-up ever? Well, there’s a reason; few activities get your heart rate going as quickly and effectively as jumping jacks. This takes very little space, and can be done virtually anywhere. To make things a little more challenging, try jumping rope, it introduces a mandatory and intervaled height clearing while also getting the hands involved.
You could do any of these activities to help get your day started off right, or another that you prefer, just make sure you get moving!