If hitting the snooze button translated into logged miles, our cardio routine could be done before we even got out of bed. Unfortunately, the only thing hitting the snooze button will do is delay getting a good morning workout in.
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Is it good to work out early in the morning?
Thankfully, a quick morning workout routine can work just as fast at boosting your energy as a cup of java or matcha latte. But if you're still siding with sleep over sweat, put on your gym shoes anyway. Just getting in a daily 10-minute morning workout can burn approximately 100 calories. So even if it's tempting to stay under the covers, no, it's not going to start your day off on a bad foot to work out in the morning.
By week's end, even if all you do it a daily 10-minute walk, those extra steps will add up to 50 minutes of exercise, put a pep in your step and may even inspire you to become a morning person. (We can't promise anything, but hey, a morning workout might help!)
What Exercises Should I Do in the morning?
Alright so you didn't press snooze. But now that you're dressed for a workout, you might still be a bit groggy. That's why it's important to know what you're going to do ahead of time. And we're here to help you start your workout strong with a plan. Try this morning workout below.
High KneesStand with your feet hip-width apart. Drive left knee toward chest, followed by right knee, that's one rep. Continue the movement, alternating legs at a jog pace. Complete 50 reps.
Mountain Climber with Push-Up
Start high plank with your hand underneath shoulders. Drive your right knee toward right elbow, then left knee to left elbow. Then, complete one push-up. Repeat 15 times.
Air Jump Rope
Bring both feet together and take your hands out as if you were holding an actual jump rope. Jump side to side like you were in a slalom ski race. Complete 50 total jumps.
Stand with feet hips-width apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand. Rest one dumbbell on each shoulder. Initiate the movement by sending the hips back as if you’re sitting back into a chair. Bend knees to lower down as far as possible with chest lifted in a controlled movement. Keep lower back neutral. Press through heels to stand back up to starting position. Complete 25 reps.
Lunge with Front Kick
Start standing with feet hip-width apart. Extend left foot behind you into a reverse lunge, pause, then kick your left heel out in front of you into a front kick. That's one rep. Complete 15 reps per side.
Plank Superman Reach
Start in a high plank position. Brace your core and keep back flat, alternate raising your right and left hand out in front of you, like Superman. Complete 25 reps per side.
Lie faceup with your feet straight up in the air. Brace core and lift upper body up off the ground as you reach your left hand toward your right foot, and then right hand to left foot. Complete 25 reps per side.
To make the most of a quick good morning workout routine, add in exercises that target your whole body. Repeat this circuit of morning exercises two to three times to maximize your morning workout.