Do you want to energize your whole day? Try this 10-minute morning workout 10-15 minutes after your wake up to stimulate your muscles and get ready for the day!
- Begin on all fours in a tabletop position. The shoulders are stacked over the hands, while the hips are aligned above the knees.
- Take a deep breath in and arch the spine, tucking the tailbone under the hips and the chin down toward the chest.
- Exhale to drop the spine into a U-shape, and direct your vision and tailbone up toward the ceiling. Repeat this sequence five times.
- Rest on your back and elevate the arms and legs. The arms will be aligned with the shoulders, while the knees are bent and are over the hips. Tighten your abs as if drawing your belly button in toward your spine. Do not allow your lower back to pop off the floor.
- Slowly lower the right arm and left leg until hovering above the floor. Hold for a count, then practice with the left arm and right leg. Continue alternating for 10 reps.
- Lower your body into a plank pose, which has your weight resting on the forearms and balls of your feet. The shoulders are aligned with the elbows, your spine is straight, your neck is neutral, and your feet are slightly separated.
- Keep your core muscles tight as you hold here for 20 seconds. For a lighter option, you can perform the same plank from your knees.
- Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back, and core muscles engaged.
- With your weight in your heels, hinge back at the hips and lower into a squat.
- Push through the heels to stand. Move at a fast pace for 8 counts.
- Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart. Ball your hands into fists and position them in front of the chest.
- Simultaneously punch the right arm out and pivot with the back right foot. Your whole body will rotate as you punch.
- Quickly shift your weight back to the starting stance and punch/pivot with the left side. Briskly continue this back-and-forth movement for 20 counts. When complete, repeat this entire circuit once more.
A morning workout has an edge over an evening sweat session in that it helps set your day up for success. Your metabolism will get revved up early to incinerate the calories you’ll consume. This routine is best when practiced after being out of bed for at least 15 to 20 minutes to allow ample time for your body to warm up. Keep rest breaks between exercises to 30 seconds or less. Use a carpeted surface or yoga mat for floor exercises, and don’t forget to have fun!
Written by GUADS intern Sara with contributions from (https://www.inquirer.com/)