Most people often feel sluggish when they wake up in the morning. Some go through their routine like zombies in The Walking Dead while others feel a little bit tired and sleepy, even if they had a good eight hours of snooze. But as someone who needs to get up early every day, how do you jumpstart your mornings so you’d always feel renewed and energized?
Well, through exercise and breaking a sweat, of course. Here are some of the ways to spice things up in the morning.
Do a couple of stretches. Before you start to sweat you need to stretch those muscles first. Here’s how to do it: stand with feet width-apart and stretch those arms up over your head, pressing your palms and lifting up your chest as you look up. Exhale and then slowly move your arms up to your sides and then to the floor. You can also bend your knees when necessary.
Shift your weight forward and bring your hands over your torso and do a full planking position. Brace your abs and do a one count. Arch your back and lift your head onto the ceiling with your arms holding your upper body. Exhale and draw your abs. Count to one. Repeat the process.
Work on your push ups. After you are done with your stretches and that your body is warm, do this variation of a push-up that can break out a sweat. First, go on a kneeling position and push yourself upwards by pressing your hips and your back, resembling much of the letter “V” but in an upside down position. Second bend your knees back and press your chest further back towards your thighs which stretch your shoulders. Shift your weight and extend your things until you are in a full-blown push-up position.
Press your hips back until the “V” position once again. Do this repeatedly and as much as you can.
Do some crunches and squat. The purpose of this exercise is to sculpt your butt, hips and legs while shedding off those pounds around your waist. First thing you need to do is to stand straight with your hips and your toes bent at a 45 degree angle. Your hands should be cupped behind your head. Bend your knees as much as you can – into a squat position – and drop your hips without your knees buckling under your weight.
As you rise from the position, raise your right knee up to your right elbow and do a side crunch to your right. Put your foot down and immediately do the same squat and use the same left side of your extremities. Repeat for five or ten times.
Work on your lunges and your bows. When it comes to targeting your hips, glutes, back and thighs, work on your lunges and your bows. To start, your position should be a standing straight one with your hands behind your head. Tighten your abs muscle and as you work on a side lunge to the right, bow forward and keep your chest almost parallel to the floor. Push your right leg and still go back to the same position. Repeat and do intervals with your legs.
Make sure that when you do this exercise you should be in a standing position and always engage your abs.
Lie on your knees and tuck. When it comes to stretching your lower back and making sure that your abdominal muscles are all worked up, do this exercise and see the results. First, lie on your back with your arms straight above you and your palms facing up. Bend your hips and knees in a 90- degree angle and tighten your abs with your shoulder blades pressed to the ground. Slowly lower your legs to the right without touching the ground. Go as far as you can.
Lift your legs to the centre while tightening your abs. Tuck your knees to your chest without lifting your tailbone off the floor. Lower your hips and work on the other side of your body. Do this for a full minute and as many repetitions as you can.
Other ways to exercise. There are, of course, other ways to jumpstart your mornings. Aside from doing lunges, squats or push-ups, you can run around the neighbourhood for a full half-hour. As the days progress so should your running time too – until maybe it comes a full hour on the streets. You can also do some jump ropes and jumping jacks around the house. If you have barbells or lifts lying around the house, use these as well. Carry some weight on both of your arms – first on the right and then on the left. Do this with a couple of repetitions.
But even with all of these stretches and exercise, the best thing to do is still to get up and move!