Sometimes, we wake up in the morning and find ourselves in a foul mood, for absolutely no reason at all. We wish we didn’t have to get out of bed, and whoever happens to cross our way might get on our nerves. The last thing we want to do are our morning exercises.
You’re familiar with this; you call it getting up from the wrong side of the bed. You might have wondered if there’s no solution to these ‘bad days’ where you can’t seem to find your car keys, and your coffee has to spill on your white shirt. Well, I have a surprise for you – morning exercises will make you feel better overall.
Why do morning exercises?
Exercises are always everyone’s go-to when we want to lose some weight, or the doctor makes it compulsory so that we can live longer. Have you ever noticed that when you engage in some specific exercises, your mood lightens up, and you suddenly feel energized?
If you have, this is because there are exercises when done right after you wake up, that will start your day off on the right foot. Apart from the feeling of fulfillment that comes with actually engaging in the exercise you vowed to do, doing morning exercises to boost your energy goes a long way in making your day better.
Below are some morning exercises you can do to boost your mood when you wake up:
1. Wake up and stretch
Generally, doing stretching exercises in the morning makes you feel less stressed, reduces body aches, and improves your body posture. There are more than one ways to stretch, and we’ll be taking a look at some of these ways.
- The Chest Stretch – This exercise is done by ensuring that your shoulders are kept back and down. Then, you place your hands on your hips and push your chest upward and outward. Breathe deeply 3-4 times, and feel your chest muscles lengthen.
- The Knee-to-Chest Stretch – To do this, bring your knee up, till it’s at your chest and bend your other leg. Ensure that your neck is not tensed, and your head is not raised. Breathe deeply 3-4 times, and do this again, with the other knee.
- The Overhead Stretch – Extend your arms above your head, and breathe deeply 3-4 times.
- The Side Stretch – Put your hands on your hips, then cross your right leg in front of your left leg. Raise your left hand and bend to the right. Breathe deeply 3-4 times, and do this again on the other side
- The Upper Back Stretch – Clasp your hands together, and extend your arms outward in front of you. Look below, and bend your back, slightly. Breathe deeply 3-4 times, your shoulders will stretch.
This fantastic form of exercise not only boosts your mood but also strengthens you. Researchers have discovered that after a single 30-minute stationary cycling session, their subjects’ energy levels were significantly increased, and they had positive electrical charges in their brains.
For effective results, cycle at a moderate and light pace on a stationary bike for about 10-15 minutes, thrice a week. This provides the necessary stimulus for a consistent increase in energy, and make sure that your workout is not limited to indoors. Research has also proven that exercises that are done outdoors increase one’s strength than exercises done indoors.
You’d be surprised by what ten minutes of jumping can do to your body, daily. Try 20-40 jumping jacks every day, and you’ll feel your energy levels skyrocket. Apart from that, jumping shakes your body, until you’re fully awake, and enables proper blood circulation in your body system.
One of the best exercises you can do in the morning or anytime is walking because it doesn’t involve any form of stress. All you have to do is walk for about 10 minutes, and your body system is fully awake. It helps you concentrate and meditate on your day ahead, and you’re able to plan your day effectively, all while just taking a morning walk.
This could be absurd, but dancing does a whole lot to your body system. Put on your favorite song, make sure no one is watching you and dance! Move your body to whatever direction the music leads you, and you won’t believe the amazing feeling that comes after.
Finally, squats are so useful, because they not only cause your buttocks to be firm, but they also boost your strength, burn fat, improve circulation, increase flexibility, and make your daily activities easier. To perform a squat, keep your feet parallel, and shoulder-width apart. Then lower yourself slowly, as far as you can go, and as soon as you touch the bed, go back up. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Remember, you should enjoy your morning exercises; they can determine how your whole day turns out. Feel good and natural while exercising; you’re not doing them to lose weight, but to wake your body up, without any caffeine.
What are your favorite morning exercises? Do you do them or are inspired to start? Please share in the comments below.