There are lots of studies that show if you do some of the many different exercises in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more positive energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

Here are 8 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can do them all at home without having to go to a gym. {This isn’t an alternative to medical advice, so please consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this sort of thing}

#8 – Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.” They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with.

#7 – Squats

Squatting is all about balance — put your feet shoulder-width apart and stand on the soles of your feet. Then, begin squatting as if slowly sitting down on a low imaginary chair. Your knees and feet should form a straight line. Try to pull the small of your back in as far as you can. You may also help keep your balance by stretching your arms out in front of you, as shown in the picture. When you are down, start pushing yourself up as slowly as you can

#6 – Plank:

A plank is a simple static exercise, involving no body movement. To do it right, follow the example shown in the picture and prop yourself on your elbows, forearms, and forefeet. It’s important to keep your back perfectly straight without your waist lowered or your bottom upraised.

If you don’t have difficulties keeping your body in the elbow plank, then something’s not right. While in this position, the muscles that keep you straight are being worked, such as the abs, arm muscles, back, and anterior thigh muscles.

#5 – Push-ups:

To do a correct push-up, assume the plank as the initial position, and then push yourself up with your arms. The most important thing is to keep your back, bottom, and legs in a straight line — this will strain your abs as well as your arms. The next step is to return to the initial position as slowly as possible.

#4 – Abs Roll-up:

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Do you want killer abs? Try this simple one.

(A) Lying on your back, stretch your arms and extend your legs so you form a straight line. Inhale, bring your arms overhead, and begin to curl your upper body off the floor. (B) Exhale when halfway up and continue rolling forward to reach your toes. Inhale and reverse the move, exhaling halfway down, to return to start. Repeat a few times.

#3 – Bird Dog core exercise:

Begin the exercise as shown in the picture, propping yourself on your hands and knees. Then, stretch one leg, trying to keep it straight and not letting it go to the side or bend while raising and stretching the opposite arm at the same time. After that, do the same for the other arm and leg.

#2 – Dead bug exercise:

More Ab exercises for the enthusiasts. Lie on your back and stretch your arms up, then slowly raise one of your legs, bent at the knee, and touch it with your hand, as you can see above.

Return to the initial position and repeat with the other leg and arm. Don’t forget about the main rule here — the left arm goes to the left leg, and the right arm goes to the right one.

#1 – Up-dog down-dog:

Word of warning: This might be tricky for people who aren’t reasonably fit in the first place so if you find it difficult, stop trying and do the rest of the seven until you are in good enough shape.

First, prop yourself on your hands and feet so that your body forms a triangle above the floor. Raise one of your legs as high as you can, as seen in the first picture, and then lower it slowly and try to touch the tip of your nose with your knee. Return to the initial position and do the same with the other leg.

Also read: Here’s how you can get fit without going to the Gym

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