5 Ways To Work Out Before You Brush Your Teeth
Being a go-getter in the a.m. means happy hour in the p.m.
No time for exercise? No more excuses. Knock out that workout first thing in the morning and then you’ll have nothing else to dread--OK, except for that 4 p.m. conference call.
Here, five (at-home, even in-bed) exercises that you can do first thing.
TO TONE YOUR ABS: THE BICYCLE IN BED
Lie on your back and lift your right knee to meet the left elbow. Repeat on the opposite side, switching back and forth, 30 times total, contracting the core the entire time. Pencil skirt, we’re coming for ya.
TO WORK YOUR TRICEPS: BEDSIDE DIPS
Keep your back facing the bed (or a chair works nicely, too). Place your palms down with fingers pointing forward. Extend your legs and dip your arms to a 90-degree angle. Repeat 15 times.
TO TIGHTEN THOSE GLUTES: IN-SHOWER BUTT SQUEEZES
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees ever so slightly bent. Stabilize yourself by bracing a hand on the shower wall (safety first). Contract your glutes, hold for ten seconds and release. Repeat six times. Bonus: Do this while your conditioner marinates for double-duty beauty gains.
CALORIE BURN: WAITING-ON-YOUR-BREAKFAST CARDIO
Grab a jump rope while you’re waiting for those hard-boiled eggs to cook. According to Harvard Health, a 155-pound woman can burn 124 calories with just 10 minutes of jumping rope. Get to hopping--that’s a glass of Sauv Blanc.
TO BOOST YOUR CALVES: COFFEE-DRINKING CALF RAISES
Stand straight with your feet together. Lift your heels until you’re standing on your tippy-toes. Lift coffee cup to mouth. Swallow and lower your heels. Repeat 20 times for toned legs and a ready-for-the-day brain.