Get blood pumping, wake up your nervous system and increase oxygen throughout your body with this great morning workout that you can design yourself! Constructed to jump start your day, this neural morning primer (NMP) will boost your mood and leave your body feeling energized for the forthcoming day.
Perform immediately upon waking
Create the expectation that your body will have to carry out this workout upon waking. As soon as that alarm goes, grab a quick drink of water and dive straight into the workout. This may take some getting use to, but your body will fall in line soon enough.
Keep it short and sweet
As this workout is something you should aim to carry out daily, you don’t want to over do it and fatigue yourself for the rest of the day… especially if you are carrying out more physical activity later on. Workouts should last no longer than 15 minutes.
Include at least one explosive movement
To raise your metabolism and get blood pumping around your body, you should include at least one explosive movement in your routine. Some examples of exercises are jump squats, plyo press ups, plyo lunges and burpees.
Include at least on static stretch movement
Increase flexibility by carrying out a static stretch as part of your routine. Hold your stretch for at least 30 seconds.
Focus on your weak areas
Base a few exercises in your routine that target weak areas of your body. For example, if you need to focus on your legs then include squats and lunges.
Time to design
Your workout should include a circuit of around 6 exercises, which can be repeated twice. Here is an example of a morning routine geared towards the legs:
Body weight squat with 5 second hold at the bottom: 10 reps
Plank core exercise: 30 second hold
Press up: 15 reps
Explosive plyo lunges: 10 reps each leg
Crunches: 30 seconds
Jump squats: 15 reps
Repeat x 2
Now its your turn to design your custom morning workout!
Written by Rory Owen from TG Store