Everyone should start their day with this Morning Workout

I think everyone can be classified into one of two groups – morning people and non-morning people. Some of us like to wake up early and get a good, strong start to our day. The rest of us prefer to smack the ‘snooze’ button on our alarm as many times as feasibly possible without being late to work.

If you are a morning person, working out shouldn’t be a problem. You already have the motivation and energy to start your day on a healthy note, and shouldn’t take issue with hitting the gym or going for a morning jog before getting to work. If you’re not a morning person, however, even the thought of a morning workout can be brutal.

For those of you who are groaning right now, keep reading, because there’s one way to work out that won’t bring tears to your eyes, or even sweat to your pores. That’s right – you won’t have to waste even more time getting a shower before work.

I’m talking about Yoga.

Now if any of you guys out there want to participate, kudos to you! I’m a guy, and I am well aware of the stereotype that says yoga is for women. But I’ll tell you the truth – when I don’t have the time or energy for a morning run, I usually get in 10-15 minutes of yoga before heading out the door. It’s okay! You can even do it at home, without anyone watching.

Benefits of Morning Yoga

Yoga Morning WorkoutWhile yoga alone isn’t going to burn calories and shed weight, it does help a person to soothe mental anxiety and release tension from the muscles. It also has the ability to give a person the motivation required to become more physically fit.

According to researchers at Harvard Health, sedentary individuals can change their way of life just by practicing yoga. Researchers found that, “After eight weeks of practicing yoga at least twice a week for a total of 180 minutes, participants had greater muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and cardio-respiratory fitness.”

Yoga focuses more on the mind than the body – or more specifically, on being mindful of the body. Studies show that people who do yoga are more mindful of their eating habits and their physical fitness, and are better at staying on top of both. And because their strength, endurance, flexibility and cardio-respiratory functions are all improved, it becomes much easier for them to perform weight-loss and toning exercises – later in the day, of course.

If your work happens to put you behind a desk for 8 hours, a morning yoga workout can be the key to good posture and less strain on your neck and shoulders. According to US News, a staggering 86% of adults work at an office desk.

Three of the best posture-perfecting yoga poses are the Downward Facing Dog, the Mountain Pose and the Tree Pose, all of which help to align the spine.

If you think you don’t have time for yoga, you’re wrong. A person can do just 10 minutes of yoga in the morning to take advantage of all its benefits. You don’t need a yoga class either, although learning the proper movements and poses is very important. A few classes can be very helpful in that department.

If you can managed to drag yourself out of bed just 10 minutes earlier each morning, the rest of your day – and your life – could be greatly improved for it.

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