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10 moves to get ya moving in the a.m.

From chilling with your besties to shopping at the mall, there is virtually no time to fit in an exercise routine. Mornings are perfect for workouts, but first you gotta get out of bed! We have a few tricks to get you out of that lazy slumber and ready for a run before the sun comes up.

Head circles

Start with your head held high, then slowly bend it down toward your right shoulder. Roll it forward, ending at your left shoulder. Repeat by rolling it back to the right side. Raise your head up again and look to the ceiling, then down to the ground. Look right, then left, then facing forward. Keep moving in all directions until your neck feels fully stretched and ready for the big day.

Arm swings

Stand with your arms out to the sides. With your palms facing down, slowly move your arms in circles. Do this for about 30 seconds. It’s great for loosening up after you get out of bed!
Calf raises

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Without tilting your body forward, slowly raise your heels up and down. Use the strength in the balls of your feet to support your body. Repeat 15 times. This will give you those killer calves that everyone wants.


Jumping jacks

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your hands by your sides. Quickly jump up, spreading your legs out and your arms up for landing. Jump up again, returning your body to its original position. Repeat 20 times. These are so fun, and they’re not just for the playground!

Jog in place

We all know how to do this! just slowly jog in place for about 2 minutes. It warms up your whole body and gets your limbs feeling loose!

Star jumps

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your hands by your sides. Jump up, spreading your legs and arms out. By the time you return to the ground your body should be back in it’s original position. Each time you jump up, shout, “I’m a star! I’m a star!” We heart how motivating this exercise is. Repeat 5 times.


We know how much you hate push-ups, but this exercise is good for the whole body. Get in plank position with your feet together and your hands shoulder-width apart. Slowly bend your elbows, causing your body to move down. Keep your legs and back flat. Straighten your elbows and return to plank position. Repeat 5 times. If this is too difficult, put your knees on the ground and your feet up.


Lay your back flat on the ground with your knees bended. Put your hands behind your neck and slowly lift your shoulder up using your core strength. Do not bend your neck! Let those abs do all the work. Repeat 30 times.


Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart. Slowly step forward, causing both legs to form right angles. Keep your front knee directly above your ankle. Step back into your original position and do the same thing with the other leg. Repeat 20 times. It’ll tone up that butt in no time.

Leg Raises

Lay flat on your back with your legs raised in tabletop position. Keeping your knees up, stretch out your feet as high as possible. Straighten your legs and slowly lower them until they almost touch the ground. Raise them back up into tabletop position and repeat 20 times. This works your abs and legs!


BY YAEL FRISCHLING ON 4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM


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