Updated: April 23, 2020
As much as we hate to admit it, some days there just isn’t time to do it all. When staying active and healthy are a priority, it’s tough to admit that you just don’t have time to squeeze in a workout. Luckily, fitting in a quick workout at home in the morning can be almost as effective as hitting the gym after work.
While it may feel more satisfying to head out for a long run or really crush your weightlifting goals, finding time to start your day with a few bodyweight exercises is a great way to maintain fitness even when life gets busy.
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Starting the day with a quick morning workout can help increase your fat burning throughout the day and provide some much-needed energy as you wake up.
Whether you sleep in, wake up before the sun, or rise with an alarm, completing a quick morning workout requires no more than 10 extra minutes. These bodyweight exercises target the full body, providing a great mix of cardio and toning movements.
No matter how much we plan and how structured we become, there will always be some days when it feels like no time can be spared. Starting a long day off with a few energizing morning exercises is a great way to create a positive mindset and inspire yourself to make the most of the day.
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Try this simple 10 minute morning workout routine when you wake up, before a shower, to get your day started in the best way possible.
In just 10 minutes you’ll get your heart pumping, blood flowing and enjoy a burst of endorphins. This is the perfect morning workout routine for home!
10 Minute Energizing Morning Workout Routine
Squats x 25
Stand with your feet about hip width distance apart, and bend at the knees to slowly squat down into a seated position. Send your hips back and lower your upper body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Straighten your legs to return to standing and repeat 25 times.
Push Ups x 15
Begin by lying face down on the floor, placing your palms flat on the floor directly under your chest. With your hands shoulder width distance apart, curl your toes under and press your body directly upwards using your shoulders and arms. Continue to lift your body until your arms are fully straightened, maintaining a flat back throughout the movement. Lower back to hover a few inches above the floor and repeat 15 times.
Lunges x 30
Stand with your feet about hip width distance apart and take a large step forward with one foot. Bending at the knees, lower your center of gravity to lunge towards the floor until your front thigh is parallel to the ground. Next, straighten your legs to lift your body, and step your front foot back to its original position. Repeat by stepping the opposite foot forward, alternating legs for 30 repetitions.
Wall Sit x 45 seconds
Stand with your feet together about a foot in front of a wall or door. Bend at the knees to lower your upper body and lean back until your back and hips rest against the wall. Using your leg muscles, maintain a seated position with your thighs parallel to the floor for 45 seconds.
Jumping Jacks x 50
Begin by standing with your feet next to one another and arms down at your sides. With a single jump, land with your feet spread apart wider than hip with distance with arms raised so your hands meet above your head. With the next jump, return to your original position. Repeat 50 times.
Crunches x 30
Begin by lying on your back with your knees raised and feet planted on the floor. Reach your hands towards the back of your head, and use your core to lift your upper body off the floor. Be careful to use only your core muscles for this motion and not your neck. Lower your upper body back down to the floor and repeat 30 times.
Plank x 45 seconds
Begin by lying face down on the floor, bringing your elbows in towards your sides. Rest your hands and forearms flat against the floor, and curl your toes under to press your body up from the floor. Maintain a flat board position, keeping your back and hips level. Hold this position for 45 seconds.
Together, these bodyweight exercises create a perfect morning workout routine. Each exercise targets a different muscle group, providing you with a total body workout in just 10 minutes.
Start the day off by strengthening your arms, core, glutes, thighs, calves and shoulders right from home. You’ll love the endorphin boost and fat burning benefits of this quick workout!
When life gets really busy, take a few extra minutes in the morning to prioritize your health and fitness. In 10 minutes, you’ll set yourself up for success throughout even your busiest days.
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