Easy Exercises To Start Your Morning Off Right
Posted on Jun 21, 2019

It can be hard to start your morning off on the right foot, but adding healthy practices into your routine can help to set the framework for the rest of your day! Set aside as little as fifteen extra minutes in the morning for a quick, easy, yet effective workout.

Here are five simple exercises to start your day.

  1. Crunches
    Target your abdominal muscles with crunches. Lay flat on your back on a yoga mat, carpet, or even your bed. Tuck your hands behind your neck and gently curl your shoulders up from the ground towards your pelvis.

    Make sure not to pull your head forward with your hands so as not to hurt the muscles of your neck. Repeat this motion ten times, rest, and repeat.

  2. Jumping Jacks
    Jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart rate going to boost your metabolism, improve your focus, and elevate your mood first thing in the morning.

    Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides. Jump outwards, spreading your feet and moving your hands above your head in a clapping motion. Start small with your increments – even starting out with just a minute is fine as you build up your stamina.

  3. Squats
    Squats can help to strengthen the muscles of your thighs. Stand with your feet spread about a shoulder’s width apart and then lower your body down as if sitting in a chair. It is fine to take this slow! Don’t be discouraged if you can’t reach a 90-degree angle at the very beginning. Start with a rep of 10 to 15 squats, rest, and repeat.

  4. Bicep Curls
    If you don’t have traditional dumbbells at home, canned goods make great hand weights! Start small with five pounds in each hand, wrists facing upward, and curl your weights upward towards your shoulders.

    Make sure to focus on your breathing by inhaling as you lower the weight and exhaling as you lift them. Begin with a rep of 10 to 15 bicep curls or as many as you can comfortably do. Rest for a few seconds, and repeat for two to three times.

  5. Stretches
    Don't forget to stretch before and after working out to improvoe flexibility and relieve tense muscles! Bend forward slowly and touch your knees to your toes to stretch your back. Stand straight and stretch one arm over your head towards the opposite corner to stretch your oblique muscles.

    Squats and lunges are also great stretches for your legs. Gently stretching tight muscles can help you to feel rejuvenated and refreshed as you begin your day.

Starting your morning off with any of these stretches or exercises will help to improve your flexibility and stamina before you begin your day. Pair these simple exercises with a balanced diet and eight glasses of water a day for a healthy lifestyle!

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