- March. 14 2018
With spring finally here and the warm months of summer quickly approaching, it only makes sense that you’d be thinking about ways to turn up the dial on your fat loss routine. Not only do you want to look fantastic in your spring attire, but you want to be fit enough to enjoy all your favorite warm weather activities as well. To accomplish this, you must speed up your metabolism
Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to enjoy a great workout. You don’t need a lot of free time, either. Just set aside a 20-minute window in the morning to run through some basic exercises. You’ll get your metabolism revved up first thing, maximizing your energy levels and calorie-burning potential all day long.
Not sure where to start or what exercises would be best? Try the following sequence on for size. You’ll be seeing results in no time.
When it comes to exercises you probably don’t do, but absolutely should, windmills are definitely on the list. They’re fantastic for improving the strength of your midsection, especially your abs. They also help alleviate lower back pain and stiffness. Windmills help improve the stability and mobility of your shoulders, as well. You can even do them with kettlebells or a pair of dumbbells to incorporate strength training into the mix.
2. Pulsing Lunges
No morning workout would be complete without at least one exercise that targets the lower body, and lunges are incredibly effective. Plus, they’re relatively easy to execute for people of all fitness levels. Lunges engage the quadriceps while also activating other muscles. These include the glutes, calves, and hamstrings. Your core muscles come into play, as well. Lunges are also great for your posture, as they require you to lift your chest and maintain a straight back throughout the movement. This pulsing version is an especially good way to limber up first thing in the morning and speed up your metabolism.
3. Dumbbell Kickbacks
When it comes to arm muscles, everyone remembers to pay enough attention to the biceps. The triceps, on the other hand, are often neglected because they’re on the back of your upper arm. Out of sight, out of mind! Dumbbell kickbacks are a great way to strengthen and tone these muscles. When done properly, they do a great job of isolating for better results. Add this move to your morning workout routine, and you’ll be rewarded with strong with strong, lean arms.
4. Plank Push-Up Combo
Getting into a plank position is a simple process; it’s holding the position that delivers the challenge. Being able to do so correctly requires solid strength in your midsection, back, and abs. For that reason, it’s one of the best exercises around for building core strength, improving posture, aiding balance, and boosting endurance. Planks also activate your glutes and hamstrings for extra benefit. Push-ups deliver many of the same benefits while working your arms and chest to perfection. Combine the two for a great addition to any morning routine.
5. Squat Biceps Curl Combo
Even if you only have limited knowledge of standard fitness moves, you’re probably familiar with squats, and with good reason. Squats are excellent at building and toning various leg muscles, including your hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps. However, they also result in an anabolic environment within the body, which promotes muscle building in other parts of the body. When you’re pressed for time, squats pair perfectly with classic bicep curls, making this combo a perfect fit for even the busiest morning routine.
6. Bridge Chest Fly Combo
No strong, fit physique would be considered complete without a well-toned chest, and this goes for both males and females. Dumbbell flys are among the most effective ways to strengthen your pectoral muscles. They’re also among the simplest, fastest moves to work into a routine for first thing in the morning. Bridges work to engage your abs while also activating your hips, glutes, and lower back. Improvements in flexibility, strength, and tone are the inevitable result.
Once you’ve worked your way through all of the above exercises, rest for one minute. Then repeat the circuit one more time. That’s it!