5 Minute Morning Workout & An Awesome Surprise Snack

22 Aug

What a whirlwind week! I’ve been getting a lot of feedback that you guys are loving the 5 and 10 minute workouts, so here’s another one that will wake up your mind & body. No fancy gym clothes or gym equipment required. There is one requirement, however. That you do these routines FIRST THING IN THE MORNING after you wake up. Take that morning coffee and put it to good use. Because when you get home after a long day of work, you’re not going to want to workout. You’re going to want to sit on the couch. And I don’t blame you!

5 Minute Morning Blast For Any Size Booty (yes, yours included)

Minute 1: Jog back & forth in your living room, wall to wall. Everyone’s got a living room (or at least a room). Pick a spot on the wall to look at as you jog to each side.

Minute 2: Stand facing a wall and place your hands against it. Lift up your left leg behind you as high as you can (squeeze your butt at the top), then bring it down. Now your right leg. Switch legs for the full minute. Don’t worry if your leg doesn’t come up too high! Just go with the flow & do what your body can do.

Minute 3: Squat in place. Count 2 seconds down & 2 seconds up for the minute. Tips on form: Stand feet shoulder-width apart, toes facing forward. Push your heels into the ground, and when you squat, make sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Pretend you’re about to sit into a chair. It’s okay if you can’t get low–just go with the flow! And you can hold on to a wall next to you for balance if you need to.

Minute 4: repeat minute 1

Minute 5: Wall sit. Stand with your back against the wall, and slide down into a sitting position as if you were in a chair, thighs parallel to the floor. Now, hold it! Engage your abs & your legs. Hold, hold, hold! Note: do NOT do this exercise if you have high blood pressure.

Alternate Minute 5: Jump jacks while holding two soup cans (soup cans = home-made dumbbells!).

I really urge you to give this a shot. It’s 5 minutes. Everyone has 5 minutes. You will feel energized & proud. You deserve that feeling, my friend :) .

So, what have I been up to the past week?

Well, I’ve met with my Fit Steady fitness coach Alex twice. I’m documenting that on the Fit Steady blog, so you can check it out there if you want to follow!

I’ve also accidentally stumbled upon a great snack I have to share with you: frozen blueberries. Dave and I threw these in the freezer because we were leaving for NYC and didn’t want them to go bad. Yesterday I wanted some fruit, but we were all out of anything that resembled a fruit or veggie (of course because we suck at going grocery shopping consistently). I grabbed the frozen bluebs, and lo & behold, they are awesome as a snack! You can sit there and pop in your mouth mindlessly as you work. (Yes, I’m totally guilty of that, & sometimes eating just makes me more productive. You too? Or just me?)

fast healthy snack

Before I go, one more thing. This is what happens when I do work for an hour at home without looking up. Sancho attacks.

 If you try the 5 minute workout tomorrow morning, or eat some frozen bluebs, let a girl know :)

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2 Responses to “5 Minute Morning Workout & An Awesome Surprise Snack”

  1. Maria September 5, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I love this exercise routine!

    I used to make that same ole “I don’t have time to exercise” excuse, but it’s amazing how much time you have when you turn off the TV!

  2. Michelle January 19, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    I will do this tomorrow!!! Thanks!!

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