Morning Exercises to Jump Start Your Day

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Are you a morning person? Adding morning exercises can be a great way to jump start your day!

For a lot of people working a 9 to 5 job, they typically are part of the crowd packing the gyms after the 5:00 evening hour.  Instead, consider getting up a half hour earlier to go for a morning jog or hop on your home exercise equipment or even pop in a CD of your favorite workout video. 

Your body and mental health will improve much more when you take the time to engage in these morning exercises to jump start your day.

Exercise couple pushup

Whether you are getting ready to head out to your normal 9 to 5 job or you plan on staying at home to work, taking care of your family while running your online business, it is imperative that you workout in the morning. By doing so, you will be able to get that boost of energy and blood pumping to get you going in a positive and healthy way. 

1. Eat Healthy

The best thing you can do immediately when you get out of bed is drink water. You could even, add lemon juice and some cinnamon to the water. This will kick start your metabolism even before you have breakfast. 

Eating right from the get go will help you keep on track. It will also ensure that you do not deviate during the day. As a result, you are more likely to fight the urge to reach out for that bag of chips, or over snacking on donuts or muffins.

2. Sugar and Carbs

These two are your worst enemies. Not only do they work against all the hard exercises you are going to engage in, they will also make it harder for you to lose your love handles and that unsightly spare tire you have been fighting to reduce.

As far as possible, avoid that bagel and all sorts of bread. If possible, consider substituting your sugar with such healthy alternatives as stevia and honey. Your body will really thank you for it.

Most likely, you will feel groggy and tired in the morning. The best way to exercise, is by doing a couple of quick 5 to 10 minutes of exercises. Great options include knee bends, leg lifts and sit-ups.

a) Sit-ups

Both 9 to 5 and stay at home moms or dads will benefit from these exercises. The sit-ups, for instance, will work on your core, strengthen those muscles in your mid-section, fire them up, and ensure that your body continues burning fat during the day. 

And should you want another alternative to getting down on the floor, here are 5 favorite core exercises you can do standing up.  They are just as effective to building a strong core and those solid abs!

b) Knee Bends

In the same way, knee bends work on a wide variety of muscles all over your legs, knees and core. As a result, they will activate these muscles so that you feel fresher and ready to take on anything that the coming hours will bring to you.

c) Leg Lifts

Leg lifts are also great for working out the core and rear end! Not only are they essential for burning the fat around your midsection, they will also help you get a little closer to that desirable bikini body you have been fighting for. 

Exercise Couple Jogging 

In conclusion, exercising will ensure that you continue eating healthier, having a fitter body, and fighting the urge to indulge in any unhealthy food. At the end of the day, when you are worn-out from everything you were able to accomplish, you will thank yourself for taking the time to exercise in the morning. 

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Top 5 Favorite Core Exercises That Work for Getting Solid Abs

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Part of living a healthier lifestyle is to exercise daily.  

You’re going to see some of the top 5 favorite core exercises that work for getting solid abs. The great thing about these exercises is that you don’t even need to get down on the floor.

And the reason why I’m sharing this.  Yes, I will be turning 60 next month.  And I do have some aches, pains, bad ankle and vertigo but this does not mean that I do not exercise.

I’m excited to share these favorite core exercises because anyone can do these and still get the results, trim the belly fat and feel healthy.


Why Exercise the Core? 

In the past, I have had gym memberships using the weight machines and engaged in circuit training and some Jazzercise. Although all these are great for staying fit and exercising, when we age, or if you are overweight and just starting an exercise regime, attempting certain workouts at the gym may deter you from committing to a daily exercise routine all together. 

With the top 5 favorite core exercise that work for getting solid abs, you don’t have to get down on the floor. What is more, they are still effective and helpful and really do work. 

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Importance of a Strong Core

Did you know that having a strong core is important to your body, back, and overall health? Essentially, there is more to a strong and firm midsection than just getting those chiseled six pack abs. 

In fact, you use your core several times in any given day. Every time you carry laundry, groceries or even your children, you will be relying on your core as the foundation of your strength.

Most people who are new to core exercises tend to have lower back issues and upper back tension. Since your core is located within the posterior chain, it is important that you strengthen it. By doing so, you will ensure that your spine is strong and your core is up, which also correlates to providing relief from back pain.

With these exercises, you will be able to increase your balance and stability especially if you are getting back into your fitness regimen after a timed lapse, or if you are new to exercise. 

This is why you really need to these core exercises, at any age! The great thing is that they are easy to follow. Try including the following top 5 favorite exercises into your training and exercise regimen and start enjoying the rewards:


Core Exercises While Standing Up

Sculpting your abs in the standing position provides plenty of benefits. You will be able to engage more muscles, burn more calories, and improve your postural support. Additionally, you don’t even need tons of space or equipment to perform these exercises for upper abs, lower abs, obliques and other angles. 

(of course, always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.) 

ROUTINE: Do three sets of the recommended number of reps for all the exercises below. You can include these routines into your regular cardio or strength session up to 4 days per week for best results.


1. Standing Bicycle Crunch

REPS: 20 on each side  EXERCISE Standing Bicycle

Standing with your feet apart and the knees bent slightly and the hand behind your head, lift your left heel. Then, brace your abs tightly, tuck the tailbone under and lift the left knee up while rotating your right shoulder towards the knee. If possible, try to make your elbow touch your knee. Do 20 reps of this move and repeat on the opposite side.



2. Extended Toe Touch 

REPS: 10 on each side EXERCISE Extended Toe Touch

Standing on your right leg, bend your knee slightly and extend the left leg low behind your hip. Then, extend your right arm overhead with the palm facing forward. Additionally, extend the spine slightly and lift your chest while raising the left leg as far up high as you can reach. Also, stretch the right arm upwards. 

Scoop your abs inside the spine and sweep your left leg forward and try to touch your toes with your right hand. Do 10 reps of this move before repeating on the opposite side.



3. Leaning Lifting Crunch EXERCISE Leaning Lifting Crunch

REPS: 20 on each side

With the feet together and the knees slightly bent, extend your arms overhead and press your arms together. Then, lean your torso to the right and stretch all the way through to the left side. As you do this, brace your abs in and lean slowly to the left while extending your left leg outward. Lift the leg with pointed toes. Repeat 20 reps of this move before working on the opposite side.



4. Rotating Deadlift

REPS: 15 on each side EXERCISE Rotating Deadlift

Start out in the split stance with your left foot placed forward, hands behind the head and knees slightly bent. Engage your abs and hinge forward from the hips, while ensuring that your spine is naturally straight until your chest is almost parallel to the floor.

As your body returns to the upright position (and maintaining a flat back) rotate your torso to the left and look back over your left shoulder. Do 15 reps of this before repeating on the opposite side.



5. Stepping Chop

REPS: 20 on each side EXERCISE Stepping Chop

Standing with the feet together, hands clasped, arms extended overhead and knees bent, take a wide step towards the side with your left leg. At the same time, chop down your arms towards your left hip. Then, bring your left foot back to the right and swing your arms upwards and to the right. Perform 20 reps of this core exercise before repeating the steps on the opposite side.



So, there you have it – the top 5 core exercises that work for getting solid abs. Try this out the next time you DO NOT want to get down on the floor and watch as your abs start forming and you begin building a stronger core!


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