Monday Boost Workout: Cardio + Core

Mondays.  We all have a case of them sometimes.  Sometimes they're the absolute worst, and other times they treat you well.  I hope the latter happens for you today, but if you find yourself feeling stuck and like today is a nonstarter already, here's a little morning kickstarter workout to get your butt into gear and get you moving.

The Get-You-Going Cardio + Core Workout

High Knees - get 'em up to waist level, and keep the pace quick!

Mountain Climbers - like a burpee, but instead of the push up at the bottom, alternate "running" in a plank for 8 counts (4 on each side), then pop back up quick.  If you want to add some extra cardio - jump at the top when you come up.

Oblique Twists - sit on the ground, either keeping your feet flat and knees bent (easier) or bend the knees but raise your feet off the floor.  From that position, lean back slightly so your abs are engaged, and twist side to side, touching your hands to the floor.

Hip-Touch Planks - Get into a low plank position (on your elbows), and twist your hips to one side while lowering them to the floor.  Keep your abs engaged and legs as straight as you can throughout.  Return to start and immediately twist to the opposite side.  Keep alternating sides.

Jumping Jacks - you know what those are :) 

Leap Frog Planks - from a high plank position with hands in close, hop your legs up to your hands like you would when doing the return phase of a burpee.  Instead of coming up off the floor though, keep your hands planted on the ground and hop feet back.  Alternate hopping forward/backward like leap frog.

Oblique Crunches - lay on one side, keeping your bottom arm extended out and top arm bent with your hand behind your head.  From there, crunch up to the side so your elbow meets your knees.  Extend back down to start.  That's one rep.  If you want to make it easier, only crunch up using one leg instead of both.  Harder = keep legs straight and "V" up.

V-Up Crunch Ups - lay down on your back, arms extended above you and legs out straight.  From here, lift both legs and arms up to form a V, touching your toes or shins if you can.  Return to start.  Crunch up again, this time bending your knees and bring them into your chest.  That sequence is 1 rep.  Alternate that pattern.

 

Happy Monday, and happy March to you all!  I hope the workout gives you a little boost to jumpstart your day and get the blood flowing.

I'll leave you with a motivating quote for the day...

A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.