Before Your Shower – Mini Morning Workout

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As your fitness coach, I want you to know that changing your lifestyle to incorporate clean eating, and making time for frequent, rigorous workouts, are staples of my philosophy. Did you know, especially at the very beginning of your wellness journey, that committing to 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! Try this mini morning workout, today!

I designed this routine for beginners. It 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. Additionally, 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 my more challenging Daily Morning Core Workout.

Here’s how it works:

  • Start this workout first thing each morning before you step in the shower.
  • Watch the videos below for correct form.
  • Make this workout 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. Desk Push-ups – 50 reps
4. Plie Squats – 20 reps
5. Jumping Jacks – 25 reps

Jumping Jacks

March in Place with High Knees

Desk Push-ups

Plie Squat

What did you think? Are you going to commit to performing the mini morning workout daily?! Let us know in the comment section, below.

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25 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!

  12. Sheetal  May 6, 2019

    Is it okay if I do this right after I eat a little bit of breakfast?

    • Erin Milller  May 6, 2019

      If you are going to exercises after breakfast, we recommend giving yourself at least 30 minutes to digest, as this workout utilizes jumping jacks that may upset your stomach. It’s totally up to you though!

  13. Jeanette  July 5, 2019

    Gonna give this a try and see what happens!

    • Erin Milller  July 8, 2019

      Be sure to let us know what you thought, Jeanette! 🙂


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