Monday, February 28, 2011

Movement Monday: 10 Minutes in the Morning

Good Monday morning, all!

This morning, I did NOT want to get out of bed. It was rainy and dark outside ... and my cozy bed felt wonderful.

Eventually I got up, drank a full glass of water, set a timer for 10 minutes and did a series of jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, lunges, planks and "mountain climbers."

Why would I ditch my cozy bed for a mini-bootcamp?

Well, first of all, I have a 2-year-old.

Second of all, I've been in a nutrition program for the last 10 months that focuses on total body wellness, which includes movement as a "primary food."

Third, I've been doing this for a while and it really does feel pretty awesome.

Fourth, moving in the morning has been shown to offer some serious benefits:
- A morning cardio routine gets your metabolism running (aka, your body will start burning fat earlier and will run more efficiently throughout the day)
- Exercise gives you more perk than caffeine
- Movement gives you a feel-good buzz that will last at least until lunch, if not all day

So, tomorrow, when you have a choice whether to stay under the covers or get moving, try thinking about what you really want from the day. If you want a faster metabolism and extra dose of "feel good," get up and get going!

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1 comment:

  1. So you do those moving activities in 10 minutes only? Sounds funny, but I think it's worth enough. I am not that kind of girl who love exercising and spending hours in a gym. So this 10 minutes working out might be good for me. Thanks for inspiring my morning.
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