Motivation Monday: Rise and Sweat Challenge

Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!

One of the best ways to kick start your metabolism is to workout first thing in the morning. Not only that, it's a great way to shake off that sleepy, drowsy feeling. However, for a lot us, waking up bright and early to workout is not only unappealing, it's often impractical. No matter what, you shouldn't be sacrificing sleep just to get your sweat on.

Here's the good news. You don't have to put in hours to get that energy boost first thing in the a.m. Even a short workout to get your blood pumping can be beneficial.

This week, we're challenging you to set your alarm for just fifteen minutes earlier than you usually wake up. After you've resisted the urge to hit the snooze button, throw on a pair of leggings and a sport tank or bra (or do it in your PJs - we won't judge) and try to get 10-15 minutes of fitness time in.

There's tons of ways you can tackle this challenge. Johnson & Johnson actually offers a free 7-minute workout app that can be customized to suit everything from the moves you like to how long you want to work out. There are also a number of fitness DVDs that specialize in 10-minute routines, or you can browse YouTube for some free options. Or you can freestyle it. Jot down a workout circuit the night before that you think will take about 10 minutes. Pinterest also has tons of ideas for short but impactful routines.

You'll be surprised at how much work you can get done in under 15 minutes - and how much sweat you can generate! Not only that but you'll enjoy a burst of caffeine-free energy, happy-making endorphins, and an increased metabolism. Get up and at 'em!

August 03, 2015 8 tags (show)

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