This is a guest post by Sarah Jacobs from Lea-p.com.
Waking up early and doing a bit of exercises can help boost your overall mood and productivity all throughout the day. This is because exercising helps release happy hormones (serotonin) from your brain and can also improve blood and oxygen flow into your brain – making you more active and feeling positive for the day.
Going out for a walk or a short jog is the best kind of exercise in the morning because you get to breathe in the calm and fresh morning air, go around your community and entertain yourself with the outside view.
However, not everyone is lucky enough to live in a good neighborhood. If you are living in an apartment in the middle of the city for example, walking or jogging outside is not exactly an inspiring exercise with all the honking cars, busy pavements and unshaded concrete streets. There are however different exercises you can do inside the house – and these can also improve your mood and productivity too.
3 Morning Exercises
A good stretching session via yoga can certainly start any day on a right note. A 10 to 15-minute session will do before progressing to more strenuous movements and complicated exercise. You can start with simple poses such as the Mountain Pose. This is done by standing straight with your feet together and your arms at the side. Then slowly raise your arms overhead, breathing in deeply with palms straight up facing each other, like you are reaching for the sky.
You can then shift to a Tree Pose which is done by standing and keeping your arms raised like in the Mountain Pose. However, you need to raise your right leg and place your sole on your left thigh – balancing and closing your palms together like you are in prayer. Remember to always breathe in and breathe out during your Yoga session. This will help improve oxygen and blood flow into your brain.
If you want to tone your abdomen, gentle crunches during the morning will do. This is also a great warm-up exercise that can help you be more alert and alive during the first few hours of the morning – and you can even do this while you are still on the bed (but if your mattress is too soft, you should do this on the floor)!
Just lie on your back with knees bent and feet on the mattress. Your arms should also be laid flat, with palms resting on the mattress at hip-length. Muster strength from your abdomen and raise your shoulders from the bed – hold it while you do a deep breath. Gently go back and repeat the movement for around 10 to 15 times.
Big Book Swing
From Gentle Crunches, you need another type of movement that will require you to get up from bed and do more arm and hip exercises. One great routine is the Big Book Swing. From the name itself, you need an actual book to do this exercise (a dictionary would do).
So start by standing on the floor with your feet apart and your knees slightly bent. Get your book and press it in between your palms. While holding the book, lower your arms up to your left ankle (without bending your knees further), then like a golf club, swing your arms diagonally up – with your palms pointing upper right, then slowly twist back down. Repeat this for 10 to 15 times.
Don’t forget to warm up by inhaling and exhaling slowly but surely before doing any routine. You can also do personal stretches and jumps before settling to an exercise routine. However, if possible, it is best to do your exercises outside – like in your yard or in a nice public park (if you live near one).
Sarah Jacobs is an experienced writer who loves creating articles that can benefit others. She has worked as a freelance writer in the past making informative articles and fascinating stories. She has extensive knowledge in a variety of fields such as technology, business, finance, marketing, personal development, and more.
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