There’s nothing better than the feeling of your heart racing after a nice home workout. Working out releases endorphins which reduce stress, cause a feeling of euphoria, and improve your immune system. Serotonin is also released which helps balance your mood. Working out will increase your strength and flexibility as well as naturally reduce your risk of heart disease. A part of loving your body is making sure that it gets the nutrition and exercise it needs to live a healthy and happy life.
Fun Fact: Working out improves your memory and helps you perform better at work!
Waking up in the mornings to work out can be a difficult process in the beginning. The important thing to remember is that you’re doing this to lead a healthier life. There are a variety of easy exercises you can perform to start out. We don’t immediately have to start with a ton of push-ups! Sometimes starting off with stretches and easing your way through simple exercises is the best way. Here are some of the exercises I love doing at home to start off my day.
Tip: Play some upbeat music, it will motivate you to work harder and increase your stamina!
What You Will Need:
- Music, of course!
- Low stool or chair
- Jumping Jacks (2 sets, 10 reps)
- Standing Donkey Kicks (2 sets, 12 reps)
- Squats (3 sets, 12 reps)
- Single Leg Chair Squats (3 sets, 12 reps)
When doing exercises that target your glutes, remember to use proper form. Using incorrect form will harm your knees, shins, and muscles in general. Squeeze your glutes as you kick back in donkey kicks and as you rise up from squats and chair squats. This will help you focus on using the correct muscles.
Stay hydrated! Drinking water before exercising will keep your limbs lose when stretching.
Remember to take a one minute break between each set. It’s important that you do not push yourself if you get too tired. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury and we don’t want that to happen! As you continue to exercise, you will be able to increase your sets and reps. Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen right away. Weight loss and getting your body healthy is a gradual process – be proud with every step you’re taking to improve your life!