What’s the secret to a great day? A great morning workout!
Wake up your mind, get centered, and get fit. The morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. When you feed your body a healthy dose of energy first thing in the morning, it’ll work well for you the whole day long.
Even if you only have a small space to exercise at home, fitness can be realized and prioritised.
1. HIIT Workouts
Tabata and the popular “Insanity” series qualify as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. They are designed to be as short as possible — yet as intense and as powerful as you make them.
Often, coaches will tell you to “beat your own personal best,” which means giving a little — or a lot — more to the workout with each rep.
2. Functional Fitness
It doesn’t just make you look good; it improves other parts of your life too. Functional fitness helps us perform better throughout the rest of our day. These exercises mimic activities we already do every day, such as squatting, and are intended to improve balance, coordination or endurance. All these things benefit us by making it easier to complete tasks throughout the rest of the day. Amy Dixon, a fitness instructor at Equinox, says you can use loaded movement training, such as holding a sandbag, to gain strength plus coordination.
The cast iron weights look like cannonballs, and kettlebell addicts will say they’re nearly as powerful. What makes kettlebells such a great workout tool is that they give your entire body cardio plus strength training in a matter of minutes.
Once you get down the basic moves, the possibilities for moving the weight easily are endless. Used in the past by Russian gymnasts, kettlebells get you targeting your core in order to move your whole body in sync. It wakes you up in an instant.
4. Jump Rope
This one’s an oldie but a goodlie. The Compendium of Physical Studies states that jumping rope for 10 minutes burns as many calories as jogging at an eight-minute-per-mile pace.
This one basic piece of equipment can get you going so good you’ll burn up to three times the calories of normal workouts. That’s why you’ll often see boxers training with jump ropes; they need the endurance, and this is one of the best ways to get it.
But there’s even more great reasons to jump rope — it’s portable, cheap and doesn’t take too much coordination to master, just a will to keep jumping.
5. Explosive Workouts
Explosive exercises are those that use your body weight and get both feet off the ground at the same time — a great way to amp up your metabolism.
Burpees are still on trend because of the overall boost they give a person — especially in the morning. Try lunges or jump squats, which can be done in relatively small spaces.
6. Don’t Forget to Breathe and Stretch
One final word: No workout is complete if you’re short of breath and feeling tight in all the wrong places!
Remember to do some stretches after each workout, and get your heart back to its usual flow by doing some easy breathing routines or even martial arts stances and yoga poses. These are intended to condition and strengthen your body, even after your exercise routine is over.