Everyone knows that the body and mind need to be sustained at high energy levels through the day to meet the rigours of traveling, working, domestic chores and so on. One of the ways in which you can meet these high energy demands is to jump start your day with a great workout. Unfortunately, things like busy schedules, early morning laziness and the need to save time and rush off to work get in the way of a healthy start to a great day.
However, by following a few of these methods and tips, you can incorporate a great workout right at the beginning of your day and enjoy its myriad benefits.
Lay out your entire exercise kit in a convenient place before you call it a night. This way, you can save time in the morning and can get into your workout clothes soon after you wake up. Set your alarm clock a mere 10 minutes earlier than your normal time of waking up. These 10 minutes will make a big difference in your start to the day. Use this time to do some gentle stretches and warm up for your preferred workout routine. Place the alarm clock a little distance away from your bed so you have to get out of bed to switch it off!
Depending on your personal preference you can choose workout routines from areas or regimes like Yoga, Tai Chi, Walking, Aerobics and even going to the gym. Yoga and Tai Chi are gentle ways to “wake up” the body and mind every day and have immense holistic benefits as well. Keep it simple – warm up for a few minutes and then opt for a regular but comprehensive routine. For instance, you can step out for a walk early in the morning which will also give you the added benefit of getting some fresh air!
Options for working out early in the morning
Two of the more popular and effective exercises that you can do every morning are circuit training and cycling. With circuit training, you can choose one or two aerobic activities and one or two strength training activities and alternate between each one. So for 20 minutes or so, you can put your body through a couple of minutes of fast walking on the treadmill and then do a couple of minutes of working out with dumbbells. This way, you will also maintain a high level of interest in the workout and it will not be the same old thing every morning! Cycling – whether in the great outdoors or indoors on a stationary bike – is also a good way to jumpstart your day. Cycling places less impact on the knees and ankles and can also give you time to catch up on your early morning news on the television.
Varying the routine
It is important to set a “timetable” or schedule of activities for every day. Keep aside 30 minutes (more if possible) every morning for your workout. Create a unique exercise chart for yourself which will see you doing different things on different days – this way you will not think of exercising in the morning as drudgery.
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