Just thinking about waking up early and exercising makes you want to hit the snooze button one more time! Starting your morning with some exercise will help to get you energised and ready for your day. However, if you’re sick of waking up feeling achy, tired and lethargic, you could undertake some simple morning exercises to get yourself ready for the day ahead (without having to drag yourself to the gym).
Springing out of bed and performing a set or two of push-ups is great for many reasons. They help to build strength in your chest, arms, shoulders and core, whilst also conditioning your body to last longer every time you do them. Similar to a plank, have your back straight, feet close together and arms around shoulder width apart, then lower yourself in a controlled manner and repeat. Why not start by doing 2 sets of 20 push-ups every morning? It’s never too late!
Jumping Jacks are a great way to start the day as they wake up your calves and help with endurance. Standing with your feet together and your hands by your sides, simultaneously raise your arms above your head and jump up enough to spread your feet wide, reverse this movement and count. 2 sets of 20 will be perfect!
Designed to stimulate your abdominals, basic planking for as long as you can hold it on a morning will strengthen your entire body. Keeping your back straight, your feet together, resting on your forearms and holding your head up, this quick exercise will make your core pop, strengthen your lower back and help to build your shoulders. Better yet, you don’t need any equipment to do this one!
Squats are great for waking up your butt and quads. Standing up tall with your feet spread shoulder width apart, push your hips back, bend your knees and keep your back straight so that you lower your body and your thighs become parallel to the floor. Doing 2 sets of 20 will be a sure way to kickstart your legs and spring into the day ready for what’s ahead.
Athletes train their core as it’s responsible for holding your body steady. Building a strong mid-section through sit-ups is the easiest way to build strength here. Start off by laying on your back with your knees bent and hands touching your ears. Keeping your lower back pressed against the floor, slowly raise your shoulder blades around 3 inches and lower again. Avoid tucking your neck into your chest or using your hands to pull your neck up and do 2 sets of 20.