Why can't hitting the snooze button be considered a workout? Well, it doesn't really require much effort or energy and will not get your heart pumping—we wish it did, though! But what will get that blood flowing is adding a quick workout to your morning routine. The thought of working out bright and early isn't everyone's cup of tea, but regardless of your experience level, there are workouts that can change the trajectory of your morning whether it's providing an energy boost or setting the tone for the rest of the day. Did you know exercise releases neurotransmitters shown to promote mental clarity and an increased attention span? Those are just a few benefits of morning workouts, and there are more.
We talked with a few of the most esteemed fitness trainers to gather some of the best exercises to jump-start your morning, from squats to toe touches. Not only are these workouts quick, but there's no need to worry about form, as we've provided step-by-step instructions illustrating how to do these movements safely and effectively at home.
Disclaimer: Talk with your doctor before starting any new workout regimen.
1. Bend your knees, with heels on the ground. Put both hands behind your head, with elbows pointing outward.
2. Contract or tighten your stomach/abdominal muscles. Lift your upper body off of the ground and reach your right elbow to your left knee. Pause. Slowly and with control, lower your upper body back to the starting position on the ground.
3. Repeat the abdominal exercise, this time reaching your left elbow to your right knee. Continue to alternate or switch sides for eight to 12 repetitions.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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