Before Your Shower – Mini Morning Workout

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Changing your lifestyle to incorporate clean eating, and making time for frequent, rigorous workouts, are staples of the SkinnyMs. philosophy. But did you know, especially at the very beginning of your wellness journey, that committing to a only a quick burst of physical activity each day can get you fantastic results? In just a few minutes each morning, you can begin to pave the way to a healthy life, and reap some daily benefits as well!


Here’s a mini workout, designed especially for beginners, that will get your heart pumping and give you energy that lasts all day. It’s a perfect solution to those mid-morning and afternoon yawns. And, the other good news is that it’s designed to tighten and tone using only your body weight. No special equipment is required – just you and your commitment to perform this workout 365 days a year.  When you’re ready, move onto our more challenging Mini Workout, also for the a.m.

Here’s how it works:

  • Start this workout first thing each morning before you shower or do your normal morning routine.
  • Watch the videos below for correct form.
  • Make this workout a part of your morning routine, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Complete this routine one time only, one exercise after the other without resting.


1. Jumping Jacks – 25 reps
2. March or jog in Place with High Knees – 50 reps (25 each side)
3. Vanity Push-ups – 50 reps (use your bathroom vanity or kitchen counter top)
4. Plie Squats – 20 reps
5. Jumping Jacks – 25 reps

Jumping Jacks

March in Place with High Knees

Vanity Push-ups

Plie Squat

21 Comments on "Before Your Shower – Mini Morning Workout"

  1. Gerry Lines  July 31, 2013

    Myself i try to put in like 20 push ups, 30 jumping jacks and 5 minutes jogging in place before i start my day. I feel more alive and gives me the happy hormones 🙂

  2. kait  June 3, 2014

    It’s not a “pile” squat, it’s a “plie” squat! 🙂

    You’re right! We’ll get that changed out. Thanks for the heads up!

    • SkinnyMs  June 4, 2014

      We'll get that changed out. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. olddogsomenewtricks  June 29, 2014

    What do you mean by "each side" in the pile squats?

    • SkinnyMs  July 2, 2014

      Karen, That should read just 20 reps. I’ve corrected it. Thanks for noticing!

  4. Nicole  November 26, 2014

    Do I do this before or after I eat breakfast?

    • SkinnyMs  November 26, 2014

      Nicole, I do it before but it's up to you.

  5. Selina  March 21, 2015

    can this workout help tone my body

    • SkinnyMs  March 22, 2015

      Selina, Yes, this workout will tone.

  6. Cindy  March 27, 2015

    Do you have any idea how many calories are burned during this mini workout?

  7. Lisa  January 30, 2016

    Due to a back injury I can not do jumping jacks. What can I substitute?

  8. Sam  March 29, 2016

    Do you need to do a warm up before doing this?

    • SkinnyMs.  March 30, 2016

      This morning workout is designed to help you warm up for the day. 🙂 No extra warm-up is needed, but it is always a good idea to start slow and then build intensity.

  9. Michelle  January 17, 2017

    This mini workout is a great start for me to exercise again. It is short enough that I am sticking to it. What are a few other exercises to add (no floor or weights) that I can do everyday?

  10. Lyka  June 23, 2017

    Is it okay if I do this right after I wake up?

    • Gale Compton  June 25, 2017

      Lyka, That’s typically when it’s done or soon afterwards.

  11. Tiff  February 3, 2019

    Hello. For the “25 reps” of jumping jacks. Am I doing 1 set of 25 jumping jacks?

    • Chef Sallie  February 3, 2019

      Hi Tiff! Yes, that is correct. Have a great day!


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