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Best MORNING exercise routine

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I know this is quite a controversial topic with many health experts advising against morning exercise.

But assuming a good health what would you recommend to a young man who already does heavy weightlifting ~2 a week + Ashtanga yoga ~1 a week as an optimal morning exercise routine of 3 to 15 minutes duration? And why?

Goals are: overall well-being and energy throughout a day, waking up faster.

I thought of Tabata burpees as they are short it seems like too tough for a cardiovascular system that just woke up. Also considered yoga sun salutation but this is probably too light and a little too long, not to mention that generally speaking stretching in the morning is sub-optimal. I currently do some combination of bodyweight push-ups and squats but that's kind of boring in the long-term.

Anyway, what's your perspective?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Same here Ali!! Upvote for ya! I hate seeing people walking at the park without a pup. There are too many in shelters. I do walk with an empty stomach -since I walk very first thing. I wonder about the health of that. Love the morning walk!!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

+1 for recovery days

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on January 24, 2012
at 06:41 PM

The only downside to a workout in the morning is that you do not as much energy to perform and exercise to the best of your bodies ability. However, you do burn more calories because of the above reason of having very low glycogen levels. I do cardio in the morning and heavy lifting later in the day after I have had a few meals.

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:59 AM

easy choice as best morning exercise

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Morning sex......best exercise by far.

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Only on Active Recovery days...

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:55 PM

on your own...?

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I was also confused that 15 minnutes didn't seem to be enough for a sun salutation or 3. They're almost infinitely, erm, flexible.

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:11 PM

What's wrong with stretching in the morning? And what's wrong with sub-optimal for that matter? If your alternative is being bored I mean.

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on January 18, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I've read that one should avoid any strenuous exercise involving the back (ie. pretty much everything) until 30 mins after waking up since it takes that long for the fluids to get there or something like that. Not very scientific I know...

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Being an "early riser" in more ways than one, means that the best morning workout for me involves not leaving the bed...

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Only on Active Recovery days...

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:59 AM

easy choice as best morning exercise

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

+1 for recovery days

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:55 PM

on your own...?

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:50 PM

I second Adam. I have been doing yoga (sun salutations) in the mornings the last couple of months and it's been amazing as far as how I feel the rest of the day. I think this is something many people should look into- especially if they work jobs where they are sitting all day.

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:15 PM

As you are already getting into Ashatanga yoga, why not extend your yoga practice a bit by doing 5 Sun Salutations each morning to wake up and shake up the body.

http://www.squidoo.com/AndreaOnSunSalutation

It is called the sun salutation as it is traditionally ( depending on who your teacher is ) done first thing in the morning as a way to start the day correctly.

I think you will find that it is a great way to wake up , and a great way to gain more and more flexibility.

You'll certainly get more out of both your weekly full ashtanga practice, and recover more deeply frothe weight lifting.

Your mantra may vary, Adam

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I was also confused that 15 minnutes didn't seem to be enough for a sun salutation or 3. They're almost infinitely, erm, flexible.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:18 PM

My morning exercise is walking (or jogging) with my dog.

It gives my body/mind time to wake up, plus it allows for some "me" time first thing every day. I wake up before the sun (and other people) on most days, so I've got the whole world to myself for 15-30 minutes every day. 8)

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Same here Ali!! Upvote for ya! I hate seeing people walking at the park without a pup. There are too many in shelters. I do walk with an empty stomach -since I walk very first thing. I wonder about the health of that. Love the morning walk!!

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:01 PM

I usually start off the day with a 5 mile walk, with a couple miles and a few stair flights mid morning.

I'm no health expert, but I've been able to stick with this routine for 5 years. Running on the other hand beat up my knees. And gym work and weights require a gym which is always inconvenient. Calisthenics are boring. Walking 10 miles a day only requires clothes, shoes and the time to do it. It raises my metabolism by 700 calories a day.

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:10 PM

For different reasons to those you're supposing - either getting outside for a quick run round the block or stopping by the pool. Fresh air and/or cold water with 'safe' movements.

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on January 19, 2012
at 04:16 AM

This time of year, anything that gets you out first thing in the morning with the sun in your eyes is a bonus. For me, sometimes it is outdoor yoga, sometimes it's a gentle run, and sometimes it's a quick HIIT with tire flips and burpees, depending on my schedule that day. But for clarity, I'd recommend some sun salutations, ideally with a partner to chat with afterwards over tea.

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:56 AM

ATG Pistol Squats don't get enough love.

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:11 PM

I usually hop out of bed and do a couple pull ups. It's not 3 minutes, but it's like a splash of cold water on your face in terms of waking up.

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