Monday 7 March 2016

Exercises to jump-start your day


Our bodies seem to go into hibernation when we change the clocks and fall back in November.
When the days get shorter, we tend to end the day earlier and stay indoors with TV and our computers.
It’s nearly the end of February. Look around: Where’s the snow? We aren’t hip-deep in snow, but we could be hip-deep in the accumulated calories of winter’s idleness.
If you have hung out on the couch getting comfy with inactivity, you could have a horde of extra calories hanging around in places that may feel and look uncomfortable.
You can maintain your fitness efforts simply by burning these extra calories with movement.
Discover the advantages of morning exercise. Morning workouts build consistency. We have the best intentions when we think that we’ll train during our lunch hour or after work. However, by day’s end you’re pooped.
Overnight our bodies begin increasing testosterone levels and our testosterone levels are highest upon awakening. Testosterone is the hormone that encourages muscle growth.
There are many benefits of morning exercise. Working out jump starts your metabolism and helps keep it elevated after exercise. Why not get your engines running while your testosterone levels are at their peak?
This way, your metabolism burns more calories. If you sit at a desk for hours a day, you know that this is reason enough to train in the morning.
Exercising each morning increases your mental awareness. If you train before your work day begins, you’ll be better equipped to deal with the pressures presented to you at work. In fact, it increases your mental focus for 4 to 10 hours after exercise. This is due to the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain.
Why not begin your day with a few feel good morning stretches?
Supine Spinal Twist: After a night of tossing and turning in bed, your lower back needs relaxing. As you perform this exercise, breathe fully and deeply.
Lie on your back. Keep your legs long and stretch your arms out to each side. Bring your right leg over the left by twisting at your hips. The right leg lies at a 90-degree angle. Be sure your shoulders stay on the bed. Rotate your head and look in the opposite direction of your bent leg. Stay relaxed as you exhale.
Upper Back Release: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Clasp your hands in front of you, rounding your upper back. Keep your arms straight and allow your shoulder blades to relax and spread, widening your upper back. Think about the shoulder blades spreading and widening your upper back. This exercise targets upper back rear shoulder muscles.
You’ll transform your fitness level by training in the morning. Exercise early and you’ll enjoy your day.
D.J. Reese, a personal trainer and fitness instructor, writes on fitness in Players. She can be reached at

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