A Great Way to Start the Day
In Just 10 Minutes or Less
Many people suffer today from long days, that quite frankly shouldn't seem so long. As two o'clock hits the day just seems to bear on, as we laze around out of energy. Because of this, we turn to all types of products to make it through the day, and things like five hour energy and coffee seem necessary. Well I'm here to tell you that they are not necessary.
A little exercise and stretching. It's almost stupid how easy it is to have higher energy levels throughout the day, but all you need is a little exercise and stretching and your whole day will feel better.
There are a few things that happen when you start the day exercising, the first is that you get your blood pumping and your body wakes up. This is important, because it sends a signal to your body to be alert and be ready for the day. I'm sure you can remember a day where you didn't do much, sat on the couch all day and just felt tired the entire time even though you weren't doing anything. This is because the body responds to the situations that are presented to it. If you do not require your body to do anything, then it won't want to do anything.
Next, exercise also releases endorphins into your body. Endorphins are a chemical that your brain can release to make you feel good. A lot of different things in life can cause the release of endorphins, but one of the biggest of these is exercise. Your body wants to promote exercise as it keeps you healthy and functioning so it releases endorphins to encourage it.
Now just what exercises should you do? While there are a wide range of exercises available, you shouldn't wake up in the morning and start lifting a bunch of weights to start your day. The simpliest thing you can do is do weights that use your body. My suggestion is that you do squats and push-ups. These are simple enough, and do not require any equipment to perform.
A push-up, or otherwise known as press up, is an exercise that involves you laying belly down on the ground, feet together. From there you put the palm of your hands on the ground, located roughly where your shoulders are found. Then you proceed to push your body up off the ground till your arms are completely straight. You then lower yourself back down till you are just barely above the ground. This motion is known as the push-up.
The squat, is an exercise that can be performed with or without weights. In this case we will be performing it without weights and as such it is termed a "bodyweight" squat. This exercise is perfermed by standing up straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart. You then proceed to lower yourself by bending your knees. The proper form for lowering yourself is that while you descend you make sure to keep your back straight, leaning slightly forward. As you desecend stick your butt out behind you a little. This helps to distribute the weight and keep your balance while performing the exercise. Once you get near the bottom of the squat you proceed to bring yourself back up to a standing position and you have completed one squat.
Putting the Pieces Together
As you wake in the morning, you can wake up, start your breakfast and then do the following.
- 10 push-ups
- 20 squats
This might not seem like much for some, and for others this might seem like a lot. If you can't do that many squats or push-ups that is fine. Do as many as you can without hurting yourself. If you can only do 2-3 push-ups or 5-6 squats, then do that every morning. You will find it easier to do more as time passes. If you are having a hard time even doing one push-up you can perform a modified push-up by doing them on your knees.
Always remember to stretch afterwards as well, this relieves the tension in the muscles you use and helps increase your flexibility.
This short and simple routine should never take more than 10 minutes, and you will feel great for the rest of the day if you do it!