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Easy Exercises for a Good Morning Workout

written by: Rochelle Connery • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/31/2011

Are you looking for an easy workout for a good morning exercise? Then try one of these routines, which are geared toward gung-ho go-getters, productive early risers and fans of sleeping in.

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    Morning Workout, Military Style

    Hit the floor, soldier! It’s time to get those muscles cranked up. While you don’t want to push yourself too hard in the morning, a little bit of elbow grease in your morning routine never hurt anybody.

    • Start with some crunches: Crunches are a good morning exercise that doesn’t take a lot of thinking. Spice up the routine with several types of crunches. First, do some regulars, then crunch your chest and your knees together at the same time. You can also do some one-armed crunches that will work your obliques.
    • Regular pushups: You could do any of a number of pushups if you want to, but since it’s so early, you only have to do the regular ones. If you want to step up your act, though, prop your legs on a chair or couch and do pushups from this flat position.
    • Cardio: Pump up your heart rate with some gentle running or sprinting. No need to do a full 30 minutes unless this is the only time of day you can work out. Otherwise, 10 to 15 minutes will do fine.
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    Low-Key Workout

    Okay, so you aren’t quite gung-ho enough for the military workout, but you don’t want to skimp on a good exercise, either. In that case, this workout is for you.

    • Jumping Jacks: There are two ways you can do jumping jacks in the morning. Do them as you regularly would, and do at least 25 in a row. Or, get on the floor in a pushup position and do pushup jacks. Keep your arms locked while jumping your legs in and out with your feet.
    • Stretch out: Stand up with your legs shoulder width apart. Bend your elbows and twist your upper body around in a circle. Kick your feet up to your rump, one at a time, then kick them out in front of you as far as you can. Do this for five minutes.
    • Jog: You can jog around your house, around the block or even in place. Just get a little cardio in somehow to pump up your heart rate.
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    Easy Peezy Morning Workout

    You just slept in until 10:00 and now have very little energy to start your day. Don’t let your lazy attitude get in the way of your workout! Just take your good morning exercise down a few notches to “very easy” mode.

    • Spine twists: This popular Yoga and Pilates move gently stretches out your spine without requiring any harsh movements while your spine is still in your delicate morning mode. Sit on the floor, bend one leg and cross it over the other, then place the opposite arm on this knee. Twist your upper body to the side.
    • Pointed Toe Sweepers: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips. Point one toe out to the side, bend at the hips, and sweep this foot in a half circle. Do the same with the other foot.