Rise & Shine: Movements to Jumpstart Your Day
Not everyone is a morning person. But getting up early and moving can actually be a great way to start your day in the right direction. It doesn’t really matter if you simply do some gentle exercises to wake up and feel good or if you prefer an intense morning sweat session.
Working out early has many benefits:
- Morning workouts are easier to stick to! You can already tick it off your to-do list before breakfast, which means there will be no schedule conflicts after work.
- Working out on an empty stomach helps you burn up to 20% more body fat. You’ll boost your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day.
- Long day at work? No problem. Exercising in the morning improves your productivity. You’ll feel energized the whole day.
- If you work out after waking up, you’ll be more likely to keep to a healthy diet for the rest of the day. You’ll continue your positive choices by eating foods that make you feel good and give you energy.
Try these moves to wake up before pouring yourself a cup of coffee. The energizing exercises improve your posture all day and can mostly be found in the Runtastic Results app.
Are you the morning-workout master, but still want to improve how you feel in the morning? We have some helpful tips for a better morning for you, too:
- Ditch your phone
Over 30% of all people look at their smartphone within the first 5 minutes after waking up. Break that routine. Looking at the screen of your phone right away immediately increases your stress levels. Give yourself a chance to breathe first before you start obsessing over those emails that came in last night.
- Take 5
Take just 5 quiet minutes in the morning. Enjoy those minutes to drink your coffee, write your to-do list for the day or even write down what you’re thankful for today. Nothing will make your day better than starting it with a positive mindset!
- Stretch it out
Release tension from last night’s sleep, your last workout and life in general with a few gentle stretches before even getting out of bed.
- Make your bed
Simple? Yes. But so satisfying. Making your bed right after you get up will have you feeling more organized, put together and calm.
- Let the sunshine in
Light sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to be awake and stop producing melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. Open the curtains and the window to get some light and fresh air.
- Have breakfast
Never have time for breakfast? About 18% of males and 13% of females between the age of 35 and 54 are breakfast skippers. How about getting up just 15 minutes earlier? A nutritious breakfast gives you energy and maintains more stable glucose responses during the afternoon and evening. You’ll be satisfied and won’t get hungry during the day.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to finally become a morning person – embrace the day!