By Shen Mascarinas & Art by Anjel Elemos
December 15, 2015
Start your day with simple work out moves, and you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel after. Contrary to popular belief, working out gives you more energy, which makes it a perfect way to break your day in.
You don’t even have to go to the gym or to a workout class to start your day right. Just get out of bed, find a spot in your house with ample space, and do the following moves.
First, pat yourself on the back for not snoozing your alarm clock again and finally being on your feet. Good job! Now that you’re up from bed, stretch your body to increase blood circulation and range of motion.
Put your feet together, raise your arms straight over your head, and clasp your hands together. While breathing in and out, lean to the right as far as you can then go back to the center. Next, lean to the left as far as you can then go back to the center again. Do this 10 to 20 times.
You’ve probably been doing this move since you were in elementary, but just in case you’ve forgotten how to do it properly, here’s how.
Start with a standing position with your feet together and your arms at your side. Next, jump while widening your legs more than shoulder-width apart and raising your arms over your head. Make sure that you raise your arms high enough that your fingers from the right hand and the left hand will meet on top of your head. Go back to the standing position then jump with legs widened and arms raised again.
Do 25 to 50 jumping jacks. Keep in mind to do proper breathing, so that you’ll be able to last up to the 50th or even 100th move. As you do jumping jacks more often, you’ll eventually find 25 too easy, and then you’ll be able to do more and more.
This is one of the simplest exercise moves, yet it is also one of the moves that most do incorrectly. With proper form, squats will tone your butt and thighs.
Stand straight, widen your legs a bit more than shoulder-width apart, and raise your arms up to your chest with your palms facing the floor. While bending your knees and your arms raised, push your butt backwards and downwards. Lower your butt as far down as you can . Make sure that your knees don’t go over your toes as you do this. Also, keep your chest up, and keep looking straight ahead.
After, push your hips forward to go back to the initial standing position. Do this 25 to 50 times. Same with jumping jacks, you’ll gradually be able to do more squats as you do it more often.
Doing planks regularly is an excellent way to strengthen your core. This will jumpstart the appearance of your abs (woohoo)! There are plank variations depending on difficulty, and here are two.
For the most basic one, plant your hands and toes on the ground as if you’re about to do a push-up. Make sure that your hands are straight, directly under your shoulders and are positioned slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your torso and butt leveled to form a straight line. To avoid neck strains, look at the floor while you do the move. Hold this position for 30 seconds up to a minute. Do this two to four times.
For a slightly easier version, do the same position, but fold your elbows to put your forearms on the ground. Also hold this position for 30 seconds up to a minute, and do it two to four times.
Have an energizing start to your day. Don’t wait until you’re too tired or until you’ve ran out of time; strengthen your body in the morning!