Early bird looses the pounds.

How many of us are dreading the summer months? Not for the great weather and upcoming days off but, for the beach days? Many are pondering and asking the question if you are summer body ready? Now that we are rolling in to April that gives us only a few months before spring ends and summer begins. There are amazing tips out there from eating differently to running weekly. Recently we have been intrigued with the concept of working out in the morning!

Yes if you are not an early bird this may come off as difficult but after personally trying it for a few weeks I can not only see the difference in my body but, my mind and mood as well! There is something great about starting your day off right. Not to mention getting your metabolism going in the A.M which has it ramped and ready to go for the rest of the day. Provided by Grokker.com these are some amazing ideas to get your blood pumping and summer body ready in the short time that we have!

Warm-Up

  • Head rolls (15 seconds each direction)
  • Shoulder rolls (15 seconds forward, 15 seconds backward)
  • Arm swings (15 seconds per arm, forward and backward)
  • Swimmers (Hinge at the hips, torso almost parallel with floor, flaring arms out, then across in front of chest; 30 seconds)
  • Hip circles (15 seconds each direction)
  • Knee circles (15 seconds each direction)

    Mountain Climbers
    A. Start in a high plank position.
    B. Draw right knee in toward chest, tapping toe to the ground. Quickly switch, drawing left knee in toward chest, tapping toe to the ground.
    C. Continue alternating quickly.

    Do 10 reps on each side. Air Squats

A. Start with feet shoulder-width apart.
B. Hinge at the hips and bend knees to lower into a squat until thighs are parallel to the ground, while raising straight arms forward.
C. Stand, lowering arms to starting position.

Do 10 reps.

Single-Leg Squats
A. Stand just in front of a chair or stool. Lift left foot forward and slightly off the ground, extending arms forward for balance.
B. Hinge at the hips and lower right knee to slowly sit on chair.
C. With left foot still lifted, press into the right foot to stand on right leg.

Do 12 reps on each side.

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