By: Lisa Payne
If hitting the snooze button burned calories, 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 your actual morning workout in.
Thankfully a quick morning workout routine can work just as fast at boosting your energy as a cup of java. But if you’re still siding with sleep over sweat, put on your gym shoes anyway. A daily 10-minute workout can burn approximately 100 calories. By week’s end, you’ll have burned at least 700 extra calories, boosting your metabolism and inspiring a pattern of healthier choices.
Start this quick morning workout routine bright and early tomorrow:
Get right to it by jogging in place. Hike your knees up level to your hips and start pumping your arms. One right and left knee equals one rep. Count to 50!
Start in plank with your hands underneath your shoulders. Bring your right knee in toward your left elbow and then your left knee towards your right elbow. From there, go into one push-up. Repeat 15 times.
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. Do 50 total jumps.
Separate your feet wide with your toes slightly turned out. Bend your knees and sink your hips toward the floor without bending forward. Move fast since it’s meant to be a quick morning workout routine! Complete this 25 times.
Reach your left foot behind you into a lunge. Kick your left heel out in front of you into a front kick. Then bring the left foot right back into the next lunge. Do this 15 times on each side.
Start in plank. Without moving your hips, alternate raising your right and left hands forward like Superman. Do this 25 times on each arm.
Lie on your back with your feet straight up in the air. Lift your upper body up and reach your left hand toward your right foot, and then right hand to left foot. Do this 25 times per side.
To make the most of a quick morning workout routine, add in exercises that target your whole body. Repeat this workout two to three times and you’ll maximize your morning. Plus, that morning cup of java will taste even better post-workout!