We all struggle to find the time to exercise. So what better time than first thing in the morning, before breakfast, when the day is truly still yours? In fact, half the battle with healthy eating and exercise is finding the time to actually do it.
So let us help you to help yourself! Here are three exercises you can do every morning before breakfast that take no time at all. Performing these exercises in order will also help you warm up before the strength portion, and performed consistently over time will really help your all round muscle tone, strength and fitness levels. It’ll be a tough five minutes but why not start your day off the right way?
Perform star jumps for one minute. For the first 10 to 20 seconds start off slowly, but pretty soon your heart rate will be pumping and you will notice you are warmer, now you can jump higher and further!
Rest for 20 seconds.
The squat is a mainstay that provides all-round benefits to your body (especially your bum, legs and hips!). It’s great because it can be performed in minimal space and with minimal equipment!
When you start a squat, remember to push your hips back slightly and lower your bum towards the floor. Keep your chest up and think about showing your t-shirt to the mirror in front of you.
If you are new to exercising (or have had a long break and are getting back into it), start by simply putting a chair behind you and squatting down to the chair and back up. This is a great way to squat, as it gives you confidence and something to aim for. And if you’re worried about completing a rep and failing, you can take a breather on the chair!
For the more advanced trainees, you want to weight your squat. Head to the fridge and grab your milk or a big bag of rice if you’re feeling strong this morning.
Hold your makeshift weight in close to your body at chest height with both hands. This will make your squats a little more challenging!
Rest for 20 seconds.
Finishing off the circuit with push ups makes this simple three exercise workout a complete full body routine. Like the squat, push ups work your entire body but with an upper body focus.
With hands about shoulder width apart, abs and bum tensed, lower your chest towards the floor. Keep the body tight and in a straight line from the top of your head to your toes.
To make the exercise easier, put your hands at a higher level than your toes – for example, perform the push ups on your stairs. If this is too much, start with your knees on the floor until you build up your strength.
This routine will take you a grand total of FIVE minutes, so there’s really no excuse not to get it done. Let us know how you get on!
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