When it comes to getting out of bed, the struggle is real. It can seem daunting to exercise first thing in the morning, but early workouts can actually help you feel more awake and alert. Thus, when you get your blood pumping, you wake up all the systems in your body. Your metabolism gets a boost, your muscles feel less lethargic, and your mind kicks into full power. That’s why you need these 4 core exercises because they require no equipment. You can do them in your apartment.
Here are every morning 4 core exercises you can perform at home
1. Seated leg lifts
Don’t be fooled by this basic exercises, it will really work you out! You will actually start feeling the burn after a few reps. Sit on the floor, legs extended straight out in front of you. Keeping your core engaged, lean back slightly, so you’re able to place your hands on either side of your glutes. Take a deep breath and lift one leg six inches off the ground. Then, hold for five seconds, and then put it down and repeat with the other leg. Continue alternating for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds.
If you need more of a challenge, after lifting a heel, bring your knee into your chest, then extend your heel back out and lower down. Now, who’s basic?
2. Spider plank crunch
Do you still have fuel left in the tank? I want to challenge you further by tapping into your spider mode. Start in a push-up position, hands on the ground directly underneath your shoulders, legs extended backward with your toes on the ground, so your body is in a straight line. Lift your right leg and bring your knee towards the outside of your right elbow. Return to plank position and then repeat the movement with the other leg. Do five reps with each leg.
3. Standing bicycle crunches
Do traditional crunches cause discomfort? I will like to suggest this exercise variation instead. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands placed behind your head. With a tight core, straight back and relaxed shoulders lift your right leg and simultaneously raise your right knee and lower your left elbow towards each other. Return to the starting position and then repeat on the opposite side. Do five reps on each side. If rotating your upper body downwards is too difficult, simply lift your knee to your chest while keeping your upper body still, alternating legs.
4. Bird-dog crunch
Stronger abs don’t develop overnight; thus, you will have to first learn how to activate your core. Start on the floor on all fours, hands placed directly underneath your shoulders, hips in line with your knees. This is your starting position. Lift your right hand and extend your arm straight out in on you, keeping it shoulder height, while simultaneously lifting your left leg and extending it straight back. Your whole body should be in a straight line from right fingertips to left toes. Bring your left leg to touch your right elbow under your stomach. Extend your leg and arm out again. Return to starting position. Repeat on the other side and do five reps on each side.
If you’re unable to maintain form, simplify this movement by forgoing the crunch. Instead, extend your arm and opposite leg out and hold for three seconds, then switch sides.