10-Minute Morning Workout

by aevans
10-Minute Morning Workout

Getting up in the morning to work out can be tough! Who wants to get out of bed extra early to sweat? It turns out that people who exercise in the mornings tend to work out the most consistently because they accomplish their work out before life gets in the way. You don't have to get up at 5 am to break a morning sweat. In fact, all you need is 10 minutes! This quick, but intense, workout routine is simple to squeeze in before jumping in the shower, and better yet, requires little fitness equipment! Give it a try - it only requires setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier.

Perform this exercise sequence twice to total 10 minutes. Depending on your fitness level, you may not be able to do a full minute of a particular activity. Don't worry about it - that's expected, and over time you'll notice how you improve as you can perform the exercise for longer periods of time.

Jump Rope - 1 minute
Jump ropes are extremely cheap and there's a pretty good chance you have one in your house somewhere. It's always great to start off with jump roping first because it gets your heart rate up.

Pushups - 1 minute
Pushups are a fantastic upper body workout. If you can't do a regular pushup, go ahead and use your knees to help support your body. It might be easiest to break these up into sets of 8-10. See how many sets you can get in during 1 minute!

Mountain Climber - 1 minute
This exercise is a great for the whole body, but specifically works your foot and leg muscles! If you're not familiar with this exercise, watch this brief video to learn how to do a mountain climber exercise.

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Chair Dip - 1 minute
This tricep and shoulder exercise requires a sturdy chair. Sit on the edge of the chair with your feet out in front of you and together. Place your hands on the edge of the seat, one hand on each side of your body and keep your feet flat on the floor. Slide away from the seat of the chair and bend your elbows 90 degrees, lowering yourself toward the floor. Straighten your arms and raise yourself back up to the starting position.

Plank - 1 minute
The plank is a difficult full-body exercise that works to strengthen your core and back muscles. Lie face down on a mat, resting on your forearms, bent at 90-degree angles and raising onto your toes. Remember to keep your back flat and straight from your head to your heels. Contract your abdominal muscles to keep your butt from sticking up in the air or from your pelvis sinking toward the ground. Hold this position as long as you can. If you're new to the plank exercise, try holding the position in 10 second intervals, working your way up over time.

Here's a brief video of how to do a plank exercise.

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