Fact: waking up early to work out is a drag. If it weren’t, alarm clocks around the globe would be snoozed a whole lot less. Breaking a sweat before the sun rises isn’t the easiest thing to get psyched about– contrary to the popular Alessandra-ism, we did not wake up like this and adding a workout into the mix poses a whole new set of challenges to our already packed morning routine. Thankfully, our friends at Simply Stylist have taken the liberty of compiling a list of tested workouts, to help you get realistic about pumping iron in the morning. Read on for morning workouts you can actually do before work!
If you think pilates is easy because most of it is done laying down, you are sadly mistaken! This workout helps to create the long, lean physique that looks great in clothes and even better naked! Advantage? Pilates doesn’t typically employ any crazy cardio, so you’re less likely to leave the studio with sweat soaked hair.
- Barre Classes
Prima ballerinas aren’t the only ones benefiting from the intricate movements of ballet. Barre classes are a new fitness trend that have garnered a lot of attention for the ballet dancer type body that results from long term subscription to the workouts. They help you get stronger with smaller movements, target more muscle groups at once and improve your mind-body connection. Traditional barre classes aren’t cardio based, so you’ll sweat less while still getting a great workout–great for those whose hair requires hours of care after super sweaty workouts!
Get a dose of fresh air with a morning run. Many rely on the methodical motion of running to help ease the mind and relieve stress. Sounds perfect for the early morning hours, before you start your day! Added bonus: if you’ve got a four-legged furry friend, they can accompany you on your morning run/walk. Check two chores off your list, all while burning cals and getting in the zone for your day.
Yoga is a relaxing practice that, among other things, helps you become one with your body and the way it moves. With the guidance of a certified instructor, you’ll be able to identify stressors, how your body responds to them and work through them mindfully. Just because yoga isn’t a calorie torching workout, doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. This type of conscious stretching and moving can help you in other athletic endeavors.
What’s your favorite before work workout?