Here is a 5 minute exercise program to wake you up and keep you moving all day long.
If you wake up every morning with your body feeling slightly achy, your muscles tense, then you definitely must read this article.
This 5 minute routine is designed to stretch and relax muscles and improve circulation. It's also an excellent way to warm up for aerobic exercises.
If you have extra time, combine this workout with outdoor exercises like a brief walk or jogging.
WAKE UP YOUR SPINE
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, your toes pointing straight ahead.
Stretch your arms overhead and lace your fingers together, plam down. Feel your torso lifting.
Bend your knees slightly.
Bend slowly to the right as far as you comfortably can. Don't bend too far if you have back problems. Keep your hips square and facing forward. Feel the stretch all along your left side. Hold for 10 seconds.
Slowly return to center.
Bend to the left. Hold for 10 seconds.
Return to center.
Repeat the sequence twice.
ENERGIZE YOUR HEART AND LUNGS
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Link your fingers behind your head.
Lift your left knee and touch your right elbow to it. Return your left foot to the floor.
Lift your right knee and touch your left elbow to it.
Continue, alternating knees and elbows, as you often as you can for 30 seconds. Increase oxygen delivery to your muscles and snap yourself awake by exhaling through your mouth quickly and forcefully as you move.
GET YOUR ARMS, CHEST AND SHOULDERS GOING
Assume a push-up position, with your hands shoulder-width apart palms flat on the floor, fingers facing forward. Support yourself on your hands and knees, so that your body forms a straight, firm line from head to knee; you may find it more comfortable to cross your ankles behind your knees.
Lower your body slowly, almost to the floor, bending your elbows. Be sure to keep your back straight and your body aligned.
Raise your body slowly, straightening your arms.
Do as many push-ups as you can in 30 seconds.
Turn your hands so your fingers are facing in and your elbows point out. Do as many push-ups as you can in 30 seconds.