FITNESS CHALLENGE

How do you typically get your mind and body moving in the morning? By downing a few cups of coffee or taking a cold shower? There may be a more effective way to get your energy up for the day ahead. Try a 5- to 10-minute mini-workout, first thing after getting out of bed. You could start by doing a few gentle stretches while still in bed. Next, you could do some deep breathing, arm circles, or squats. And, to finish off, you could jog on the spot for 5 minutes or take a brisk walk outside. Doing a quick workout first thing in the morning may be just what you need to get your blood flowing and your energy humming.

Make sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.