Some of us are experts at waking up at 6 a.m. to go to the gym, while others can only dream of doing so. But working out before the day fully hits has its numerous benefits, such as enhancing your mental thinking and energy, to helping you sleep like a baby that same night. You don’t have to worry about heading to the gym to maximize the benefits of a morning workout- a quick sweat sesh-either in your room or backyard-will be just as good for you.

Below are four easy moves that will get your blood pumping through your veins and get you ready to seize the day:

Elevated Tricep Dips 

Place your hands at the edge a chair, couch or any elevated surface . Slide your butt off just a little, extend your legs straight and make sure to not lock your elbows and point your feet up. If you want a less advanced version, bend your knees at a 90 degree angle together, with your feet still facing up.

Squats

A former weight-training coach of mine told me, “If you’re ever unsure of what workout to do, do squats.” Squats are another multipurpose exercise because they work much more than the obvious. Not only are your leg muscles getting in shape but so is your booty and back. And to avoid injuries, watch that your knees don’t go over your feet!

Step Ups

Besides working your hamstrings, quads and glutes, step-ups can actually improve your balance and sprints. Use your bed, couch, stairs, a park bench- you name it- to squeeze in a 3 x 15 set. Feeling extra motivated? Throw in a pair of dumbbells!

Elevated Lunges 

A regular lunge targets your glutes, hamstrings and quads. An elevated lunge targets those same muscles except you are able to focus more on every muscle being worked (since you’re in a stationary position). Another difference between a regular lunge and an elevated lunge? An elevated lunge has less impact. 

P.S.: We highly recommend these leggings by Yummie by Heather Thompson- you’ll look just as fab as you feel while working out.

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