This year, my morning routine has gone through a lot of changes and experimentation. I've finally established one that sets the tone for a positive, more focused, and intentionally happier day. If we begin each day with a positive, productive mindset, the rest of our waking hours will follow suit. A good morning routine may lead to increased productivity because our willpower is often highest in the morning. When we start each day strong, we give ourselves the best head-start possible.
Sometimes you just can’t resist hitting the snooze button in the morning. To break free from this habit and put an end to the excuse that you're 'too busy' for exercise, get a workout done in your bed. You won't need to rush out the door any more. Yoga in bed will save your life.
Here is a quick yoga routine that anyone can do to become energized and motivated enough to wake up and exercise. You will have time for your gym session, your morning run, or however you prefer to work out in the morning. This yoga in bed routine will give you a tiny boost to help you kill the snooze. The poses included in this video will get your blood circulation going, wake up your digestion system, and stimulate your mind. Even if you do end up sleeping so late that you just can’t find the time to squeeze in that morning run, this 5 minute yoga in bed routine is something you can do before you head out of the door.
What if your body is too tired after a long day? Sometimes, you just can't sleep because your day has been too stressful. Here is another routine that you can do in your bed as well. Do this yoga in bed routine at night, wash off your makeup, and brush your teeth. Follow these calming poses and hold them for a little bit longer than you would in the morning. Help your brain relax, fall asleep faster, and get a higher quality of sleep.
These yoga in bed routines from PumpUp member @rinkae will energize your morning, or bring peace to your mind at night. Follow her on Instagram @rinkae_ and check out her YouTube channel.
Burn fat FAST with this amazing HIIT circuit from PumpUp member Katie Evitts. These fat burning HIIT moves will give you a full body workout. The only equipment you will need is a pull-up bar. We have broken each exercise down into gifs so that you can review how to do each move correctly. Share this workout with a friend so that you can try it together!
Fat Burning HIIT moves that you can keep with you forever
Jump Jack Squats
180° Jump Squats
Perform each exercise for 30 secs, then rest for 20 seconds. After completing 1 round, rest for 2 minutes. Then repeat round 1-2x
MODIFIED: Negative Pull-Ups & negative Wide-Grips (Jump up, then slowly lower yourself) *
Have you ever gave up on a workout or health routine and lapsed into your old ways? Well it may be because you were lacking one of the top 3 factors to keep you on track. Want to know the 3 factors that you should have in order to succeed on your journey?
When it comes to fitness, there’s a lot to know. While we can’t possibly teach you all there is to know in a single blog post, we can teach you how to avoid the biggest mistakes you can make. Here’s a list of the top 5 mistakes that you’ve likely seen in action before, but may not have noticed!
Not Eating: Half the battle in the gym is what you bring with you (or in you, rather). Whether your goal is to be healthy, lose weight, or put on muscle, without proper nutrition you’re not going to see results . Try eating 30-60 minutes before going to the gym - ideally foods with B vitamins (eg. yogurt, a banana, peanut butter) to help you release your energy and some carbs (eg. whole wheat toast) to supply you with energy.
Lack of Sleep: Without a good night’s sleep your body doesn’t have enough time to sufficiently recover from workouts. Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep, especially after a workout.
Swinging Weights: We’ve all seen this one before, but did you know it’s actually dangerous? Along with not receiving the muscle gains you want, you can get seriously injured. Lower the amount of weight you’re lifting if you swing your weights.
Avoiding Cardio or Weights: A lot of people tend to avoid cardio if trying to put on muscle or avoid weights if trying to improve their cardio. Fact is: weight training and cardio go hand-in-hand. To stay healthy, it’s important to balance working your heart (via cardio) and your other muscles (via weight training).
Not Having a Routine: How are you supposed to know what to do and how to do it if you don’t plan out your exercise program. This is the most confusing part of working out. If you don’t feel like researching endlessly, let PumpUp take out the confusion by building the workout perfect for you and adjusting it to you as you go!
And there you have it - 5 mistakes that you’ll never do again! Let me know if you have any questions or can think of any other big mistakes you see.