Working out first thing in the morning is a sure-fire way to get your day started the right way. Fancy turning your body into a calorie-burning, energy-boosting machine before most people have eaten breakfast? Morning workouts improve your mood, kick-start your metabolism and prime your body to shred fat, while allowing you to walk out the door feeling energized. Here are 3 of the best morning workouts we found to help you get up and active – and best of all, they don’t take up much of your valuable time.
Explosive + targeted moves
In order to get your blood pumping like crazy, elevate your metabolism and boost muscle building, combine at least one kind of explosive exercise with targeted toning moves. Jump squats are an obvious example, but you could also try tornado jumping jacks where you spin 90-180 degrees during the jump. Combine a few sets of these with toning exercises based on what part of your body you want to target – if you want to build your butt then squat, if you want to work on your upper body then press to your heart’s content.
Hill sprints are a fantastic way to significantly increase the caloric expenditure of an exercise that already burns a huge amount of calories when performed on flat ground. Plus, they are an awesome combination of sprinting and weightlifting – this has brilliant benefits on body composition! You can’t get much better bang for your buck in terms of high intensity training. Sprinting up (and walking or jogging down) a nearby hill for just 10 minutes can have major health and energy-boosting benefits.
Studies have shown that just 10 minutes of skipping can have the same health benefits as a 45 minute run. Skipping is a high intensity, full body workout which uses your shoulders and arms for turning the rope, your legs for jumping and your abdominal muscles to stabilize your body. So grab a rope and head out to the backyard or garage each morning. Do it to music for an extra fun workout.
Remember, your morning workout is something you should be motivated enough to do every day, including days you’d rather hit the snooze button. Find an activity you actually enjoy and commit to doing it every day until it becomes a habit. It is one morning ritual you won’t regret developing. Don’t overdo it – you want to feel energized but not exhausted – as a general rule, your morning exercise routine should be under 30 minutes and not overloaded with reps.