If you’re the kinda person that uses your gym membership card to slice another huge portion of cake, there’s a high chance that you might need a little help with the ol’ notion of exercise. While most people tend to get their endorphins going at the end of the day and after a hard days work, many experts suggest that working out in the morning could actually benefit you for the rest of the day! We’re already sold.
Start and end with a stretch
Many people forget to stretch when they’re working out, but you might want to think about adding this to your morning routine both before and after your main bulk of exercise. There is a reason for this; don’t worry. Although stretching may seem pretty boring and unimportant, it can actually be a real help in the mornings. That’s because stretching releases all of the tension from your muscles that builds up while you’re asleep. Releasing this tension is not only satisfying for your body, but also for your brain. You’ll feel refreshed and pumped for the day in no time.
Get used to NMP
If you’re not up to date on your exercise lingo, you might be wondering what NMP is. There’s no need to fear because it’s not as scary as it sounds. NMP stands for Neural Morning Primer and only takes around 5-10 minutes of your morning. It’s the dream! The aim of this circuit bodyweight working is to wake your body up in the mornings. It will get your body flowing, it will shock your nervous system, and the oxygen in your blood will be on fire (not literally). Because of this, it will immediately wake you up and make your brain as alert as possible.
Make sure your core is engaged
When you’re tired and weary from a night on the sheets, there’s a high chance that you won’t want to get in the gym and practice your barbell squats. In fact, experts suggest that you should not do these potentially dangerous workouts when you are tired. This is to avoid injury or damage to your body. However, that doesn’t mean you can sack off your morning workout completely. You can easily wake yourself up by keeping your core engaged with simple exercises. We’re talking jumping jacks, fast feet, the plank, crunches, bicycle crunches, and more. Just get your heart pumping!
So, have you been converted? Starting your day with a workout may just be the best thing you ever do with your time. Try it and see for yourself.