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10 Simple Workouts Before Going to Work

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We all know how important it is to exercise regularly. The proper amount of physical activity not only keeps you fit, it also boosts your immune system and improves your mental health. Of course, finding the time to work out is the hard part; in-between work life, family life, and social activities, finding the time to exercise can be a hassle all on its own. However, there are many people who do their workout regimens early in the morning before work. Partaking in a good workout before your workday can leave you feeling happy, energized, and motivated. Here are 10 simple workouts that are easy to do and even easier to fit into your schedule.

10. Walking

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Taking a nice, 20 minute walk around your neighborhood before work is a great way to start the day. Walking can be done with friends or family and doesn’t require any other tools or workout instruments besides your body. However, some people use small hand weights when they walk to exercise their arms as well. Try not to worry too much about your walking distance at first, even just a few hundred extra steps a day is a great way to get some exercise in.

9. Zumba

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Zumba is a fun way to get in some exercise before work. Zumba is a workout routine that combines Latin dance and cardio workouts to exercise all parts of the body. A typical Zumba CD contains over 46 minutes of dance routines with songs averaging between four and five minutes long. Doing a couple of these fast-paced routines every morning only takes about 10 to 15 minutes and will surely get your blood pumping.

8. Jump Rope

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As simplistic as it seems, jumping rope can be a great source of physical activity. Jumping rope is fantastic for cardio as well as a great workout for your arms. A good 15 minute, fast paced jump rope workout can burn up to 200 calories! Remember to make sure to find a jump rope that correctly correlates with your height in order to avoid injury.

7. Stair-Climbing

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As long as you have a set of stairs in your home, the stair-climbing workout is extremely simple. A good stair-climbing workout is done in quick successions of running up stairs and quickly back down, doing this for about 10 minutes is great for cardio as well as working your thighs and calves.

6. Side Plank

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Side Planks are great exercises for working out your core and abdominal muscles. Side Planks are done by lying down on the left side of your body with your legs straight and then, while propping your body up on your elbow, raise your hips and hold the position for about 30 seconds. After repeating this motion a few times, it is a good idea to turn over and lean on the right side of your body and repeat the motions.

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