There are many benefits to working out early in the morning, both physically and emotionally. Morning exercise helps you get up and go, particularly for those of us who are slower in the mornings. This fat-burning challenge works as well as a morning cup of coffee. Additionally, because your body continues to burn calories at an elevated rate after you’ve stopped exercising, this means that you’ll be burning calories throughout most of the day. Even while just sitting at work!
Another advantage of morning workouts is that they leave your afternoons free. If you’ve already taken care of your daily exercise requirement, you don’t need to worry about making it to the gym after you get home from work, exhausted from a long day. You’re more likely to stick to a routine if you can get the hard tasks accomplished early. Your evenings will be all about relaxing.
For this 21-day fat-burning challenge, you’ll be doing a short morning workout every day for three weeks. You don’t need a gym membership of any fancy equipment. It’s a no excuses get up and go challenge!
Below, we’ve included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most of your workout.
What You’ll Need: a gym timer (free apps are available for download), and a mat or towel to lay on the floor.
Week 1: Set your timer for 30 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest. Complete all exercises in order. Repeat for a total of 2 rounds.
Week 2 Set your timer for 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest. Complete all exercises in order. Repeat for a total of 2 rounds.
Week 3 Set your timer for 50 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds of rest. Complete all exercises in order. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
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