It only takes stretching and a regular high-intensity workout to stay in shape this summer. Why not try this out!
Maybe the last thing you want to do is a high-intensity workout, I know I get reluctant to take this plunge on a regular basis. I used to work out like this, even partaking of a daily stretch before my workout began.
Even though I have slacked off the last couple of years, I am still dedicated to my health and wellness. I guess I just need a boost to get things back in order.
When I started to have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I realized something wasn’t right. I had let my physical fitness take a nose-dive. I was neglecting my body. After this, I remember engaging in many a high-intensity workout and enjoying walking, swimming, and dancing as well.
Even stretching had become a thing of the past. Something had to be done, and it had to start early in the morning, right after I learned to drag myself out of the bed.
What’s so important about the early morning workout?
The short answer to this question: Everything you do in the morning sets the stage for your day.
If you suffer from low energy or motivation, all it takes is one push and you start off in the right direction. Although the energy boost from the morning workout wears off during the day, it still packs a powerful punch.
Not only does the morning high-intensity workout give your body a boost, but it also affects your mind in a positive manner. You will start off functioning at your highest mental level from the get-go.
Here’s what The American Heart Association suggests
All you need is 150 minutes moderate or light cardio and 75 minutes of hard core cardio to reap the benefits of heart health claimed by researchers. Now, this could be walking as well as aerobic exercise.
At first, workouts will seem like work, but after a while, you will get used the routine and time will pass quickly. As your body starts to release endorphins, you will start to enjoy the thrill of exercising and begin to eliminate your risk of disease and injury.
Here’s what you should do before your morning workout
- The night before, lay out your workout clothes. Take pride in what you wear as well. You will feel better if you look better.
- Plan your playlist. Make sure you include music that not only makes you move but also feels uplifting.
- Decide your goals beforehand.
- Plan your meals for before and after your workout. Maybe have a coffee or smoothie before and something hardy like oatmeal for after your session.
- Plan your workout regimen, whether it’s a 5-mile run or a dance session, just be prepared. The most recent popular workout would be a high-intensity workout.
Try these high-intensity routines
- 1-minute of squats
- 1-minute of jumping jacks
- 1-minute of jump rope
- 1-minute of side reaches
- 1-minute of cherry picker crawls
Caution: Take time between these moves when you a new to this regimen. Take a break for about 15-30 seconds so your body can get used to the movements, as the end goal is to complete these movements in one session. Then, when you have mastered this, you can repeat for a full 10-minute workout!
Yoga for stretching and meditation
Now that you have your high-intensity workout mapped out, you can learn the most effective ways of stretching. Before your workout, it’s vital to have a calm and focused attitude.
Getting into the right mood and preparing your body for the rigorous training is important to help you follow through. Afterwards, when you’ve suffered no injuries, you will be glad you prepared effectively
Effective sequence to awaken the inner warrior
- Child’s Pose
- Mountain Pose
- Upward-Facing Dog Pose
- Downward-Facing Dog Pose
- Warrior Pose 1
- Warrior Pose 11
- Reverse Warrior Pose
- High Lunge
- Tree Pose
- Extended Triangle Pose
- Locust Pose
- Upward Bow
- Full-Boat Pose
- Frog Pose
- Seated Forward Bend
Now, it’s time to get up and get going. Remember your stretches, remember your preparations and take it one step at a time.
There is no need to rush, all it takes is the dedication and soon you will be enjoying every moment of your high-intensity workout.
By Sherrie H.