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5 Great Exercises to Do in the Morning

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If you’re like most people, getting in a solid workout after a long, tiring day of work doesn’t happen as often as you plan. When you exercise in the morning, however, you’ll find that you feel more prepared to take on the day’s challenges. Plenty of people dread physical exercise more than their day jobs and other responsibilities, but getting a workout in during the morning hours only makes the rest of the day that much easier. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to get moving in the morning!

5. Crunches

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Crunches are an easy way to start your morning workout. There’s really no need to perform a full sit up, but you don’t have to perform plain old conventional crunches over and over either. Mix things up a bit while listening to your favorite tunes and have some fun! Alternate between 10 to 20 reps of regular crunches (where you pull your shoulder blades off of the ground), reverse crunches (where you lift your hips), bicycle crunches (where your cycle your legs and lift your elbows to the opposing knees) and side crunches (where your right elbow meets your left knee and vice versa). Not only does this add some variety to your workout, but you end up working several different muscle groups, as well!

4. Push-ups

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One of the best ways to build upper body strength is to through push-ups. Try to complete ten full push-ups in a row. If you aren’t able to perform ten straight, start out with 5 in a row instead. If you can’t do five full push-ups, go halfway down to the ground on each attempt until you build up your stamina and are ready for full fledged reps. If you’d like to space out your push-up attempts to prevent a strain on your shoulders or wrists, mix in some jumping jacks. Alternate between the two exercises for a full two to five minutes.

3. Cardio Interval Training

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Many new studies have shown that interval training can be more beneficial than other forms of exercise while putting less stress on the body. Instead of going for a jog each morning or a run where you never deviate from a solid pace, alternate between sprints and jogging. By switching up your rate of speed, you challenge your body to get out of its usual routine. The human body quickly adjusts to routine patterns of physical activity and eventually plateaus in terms of calorie burning capabilities. When you transition from rapid sprints to light jogs, you keep your body on edge and end up burning more calories than you would with a jog or run at a steady pace.

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