Do you exercise in the morning? It is a great way to help your body wake up and get your mind prepared for the day. Exercise helps keep you more focused on work or school during the day, improves your mood, and gives you time later in the day for other tasks and priorities. If you want some ideas on how to jump start your AM fitness routine, we love this circuit for a quick workout on a busy morning.
The best part about this circuit is the fact that you can squeeze it in between brushing your teeth and hopping in the shower. Complete each move for the required number of reps before moving to the next, and then repeat the circuit two more times. Then go about your day!
Wall sit: Stand about two feet from a wall, then lean against it. Keeping your abs contracted, slide your upper body down the wall until your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Stay in this position for 30-90 seconds, then return to your starting position.
Bicycle crunches: Lying straight out on the floor, put your hands behind your head with your elbows wide. From this position, bring your right knee up to meet your chest as your left elbow crosses your body to crunch your abs right. Return your leg to a straight position as you bring your left elbow back to its starting position. Repeat using your left leg and right elbow to complete one rep. 20 Reps.
Lunges: Stand straight with your feet about shoulder width apart. From here, take a large step forward with one foot and lower your body until your front and back knees are both at a 90 degree angle. Be sure that your upper body is straight and your back knee is not touching the ground. Return to your starting position with slow, controlled movement. Repeat with the other leg to complete one rep. 20 Reps.
Push ups: In a plank position, place your hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your back as straight as possible and make sure your bottom isn’t sticking up in the air. Your feet and hands should be in a position that feels comfortable for you. Make sure your head is looking slightly ahead instead of straight down. Keep your elbows close to your body as you lower your whole body until your chest hits the floor, then push yourself back up to your starting position. You should feel this exercise everywhere! 10 Reps.
All of these moves use your bodyweight for resistance, making them easy to do anywhere. Hate waking up early? We don’t blame you. But with this exercise circuit, you can improve your personal fitness and get your day off to the right start in just 5 minutes. Instead of hitting the snooze button, make exercise a priority!