Exercise is something we should all be doing daily, but when you have a busy schedule, working out consistently can sometimes feel impossible. Working out in the morning is often the best tactic, since it’s easy to forget your workout at the end of a long day. Plus, morning exercise comes with the added benefit of waking you up, boosting your energy and getting your metabolism going before heading to the office. With that in mind, try any of these five exercises before work this week and see how much it affects your energy and mood.
Cycle to Your Morning Coffee
Cycling is a fabulous workout that doesn’t feel much like exercising at all. If you own a bike and live in a relatively dry climate, enjoy a quick cycle to your favorite cafe to get your morning cup of joe. Or, better yet, leave your car at home and do the planet and your body a favor: cycle to work. In less than 30 minutes, the average person will burn over 300 calories on a bike, which means upwards of 600 calories a day to and from the office.
Go for a Run
Blessed with some nice scenery around your home? Why not get out first thing in the morning and enjoy it during a 30-minute jog? You can work this into your daily regimen without needing to wake up too much earlier. Next time the alarm goes off, make sure you get up instead of hitting the snooze button. Keep your running shoes right next to the bed. Prep your coffee maker the night before and flip the switch on your way out so that your brewed cup will be waiting for you when you get back.
Plank it Out
Prefer to stay inside when you first wake up in the morning? Then perhaps a plank combo on a yoga mat in your living room is more your style. You can start in the child’s pose for a nice stretch in your shoulders; then move into the plank position with your elbows, hands and feet firmly in place. For an extra challenge, do 20 reps of bringing each knee toward your chin, one at a time. If you want something a little more low-key, try any of these perfect morning yoga poses.
Do Pull-ups and Sit-ups
Work your arms and your core with a few reps of pull-ups or dips intertwined with sit-ups. This quick morning exercise takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be the perfect pick-me-up before hopping in the shower. You can easily install a pull-up bar in your doorframe or use the arms of a sturdy chair for dips.
Take the Stairs Instead of the Elevator
Since the majority of working individuals these days live in high-rises, a lot of us could get a really epic workout simply by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Do this both when going down and coming up. Slip on a pair of runners with your business shoes safely tucked away in your bag, and forego the elevator for a week straight. Can you say epic glute exercise?
Exercising in the morning doesn’t have to be a burden. Focus on getting yourself through the first 30 days of your early morning workouts and before you know it, what which was once a chore will become something you cherish.