Want to trim your body and tone it too? Add these super-easy exercises to your morning routine and get the shape you want because exercising first thing in the morning helps burn fat faster.
If there's a "best time of the day to workout," it's the morning! And if there's a routine that fits right into your schedule and can be done in the comfort of your home, even better! Starting your day off with a morning routine not only sets the tone for the rest of the day, but it also has a number of benefits apart from getting you the body you want.
According to research conducted at the Appalachian State University, exercising early in the morning can lower your blood pressure and even improve the quality of your sleep. One study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that working out before breakfast can be extremely effective for women and that it increases the fat oxidation up to 24 hours.
These are some of the exercises you should definitely include in your morning routine:
According to Greatist, for this exercise, you will have to lie down on your back and face upwards. Keep your knees bent and your feet on the ground, aligned with your shoulders. Now, stretch out your right leg and then raise it upwards. At the same time, you can press the weight into your left heel and raise your hips off the floor. Raise your right leg upwards only as far as it will go. Then you can repeat the same with the other leg.
Squats generally make their way into different routines because they are super effective. You will have to stand with your feet apart. Then, lower your body so that your hips move towards the floor. As you bend your knees, try to ensure that your body is not bending forward. According to Vital Proteins, you can repeat this 25 times.
For this one too, you will have to lie down on your back. Keep your arms stretched out to the sides and let your palms face the ground. After you're in this position, bring your knees towards your abdomen until they are roughly at a 90-degree angle. The position will almost feel like you're sitting at a table, according to Shape. Ensure that your legs remain in the same position, and slowly start twisting your legs to one side. You can let your legs go towards the side until the maximum point that is comfortable for your body. Try to activate your abs as you bring your legs back to the center before you repeat the same on the other side.
This exercise is another one where you lie on your back, but the difference is that your legs need to be stretch upwards, while the bottom of your feet faces the ceiling. You can keep your hands behind your head or you can stretch them out on your sides to give your body more support, as pointed out by Popsugar. Now, lower your legs slowly towards the floor and you will feel the weight pressing your back into the ground. And then gradually bring your legs back to the original position, where the bottom of your feet are facing the ceiling. In case you are not able to lower your legs till they touch the floor, you can make them go as far as what's comfortable for your body. Another method you can try is lowering your left leg first and then your right leg. Do 10 to 15 for your routine.
According to Greatist, for this one, you will have to sit with your legs stretched out while your palms are placed behind you to give you support. Then, as you put pressure on your hands, lift your legs off the floor and let your body lean back. Stiffen your core and let your weight shift onto your right hip. From here, bend your knees towards your chest as your body moves forward. And then, go back to leaning back (whilst your feet are still off the floor). You can repeat this several times while on your right side, and then switch to your left side.
This is another exercise that will begin with you lying on your back and the bottom of your feet facing the ceiling. Once you're in this position, let your upper body rise towards your legs. Let your left hand touch your right foot and then lower your body back down before you switch sides.
Stand upright with your feet together first. Then, lift your left leg and take a huge step towards the left and place your left foot on the ground. Bend into your left knee while keeping your right leg straight. Ideally, this should activate your abs. Then your left leg towards your chest, where you're standing with your left knee bent and the weight is shifted onto your right leg. This would count as one "lateral lunge with knee dive." Then, once again, extend your left leg out by taking a huge step and then bring it back up towards your chest. Repeat a few times before you switch to the other leg.