The 20-Minute Morning Workout to Start Your Day Right

The 20-Minute Morning Workout to Start Your Day Right

This workout from Fitstar will rev your metabolism and gear up for the day ahead.

If your excuse to skip a workout is a lack of time or a lapse in gym membership, this workout will solve all of your woes (P.S. See 10 Way to Sneak in a Workout). All you need is some decent floor space and your bodyweight to get in a solid sweat session.

Your trainers for this speedy workout will take you through full-body moves from elbow planks and pike presses to jumping jacks and side-lunges. In other words, you’ll have your heart pumping and muscles burning all before your morning cup of coffee. (Still not sold? See: How to Train Yourself to Exercise in the Morning).

Those endorphins will supercharge your confidence as you head out the door, not to mention it’ll shoot your productivity through the roof once you get to the office. Get started now, then feel free to chime in on social media and thank us later. Oh, and if you want to make it a habit, try these 6 Tips for Becoming a Morning Workout Person.

How to Become a Morning Workout Person

It’s time to say “see ya!” to the snooze button. Exercising early in the day has been proven to help you sleep better. Plus, with a morning workout, “you won’t have an excuse to skip it later on when our schedule changes,” says Jacque Crockford, an ACE exercise physiologist and education specialist in San Diego.

And if you have a race coming up, odds are that it’ll take place in the a.m., so it’s wise to train at a similar time. Keep reading Crockford’s tips so you can actually (finally!) motivate yourself to kick off the covers and slip on your sneaks on a regular basis.

Plan a Rude Awakening


“Set an alarm that’s super-annoying and put it across the room. That way you have to wake up, get completely out of bed in order turn it off,” Crockford says. You’ll be less likely to fall back asleep once your feet hit the floor. (Better run for it fast to spare your significant other.)


Gear Up


The fewer barriers between you and the treadmill, the better. Pack or select and set out your exercise clothes, headphones, watch, and sneakers the night before so you have them staring you in the face when you wake up—and so the decisions are already made, Crockford suggests.

Move with Music

Create a playlist full of pep-up tunes that’s just long enough for you to get your gear together, eat a quick snack, and travel to your workout (if it’s not at home). Beyoncé, anyone?

Set the Right Route

Speaking of environment, if you’re exercising outside of your living room, choose a gym, studio, or track that’s as near as possible to home or between your home and office, so it’s a natural stop during your morning.

Invest in Your Health


You’ll be much less likely to skip out if you’ve already invested some money,” Crockford says. Buy a few sessions with a personal trainer or pay in advance for group classes or memberships, then keep the receipt handy to remind yourself of the financial sacrifice you’ve already made. Who doesn’t want to get the most for her money?

Go Social

The night before a workout you’re afraid you might skip, tell your friends that you’ll be sweating, then ask them to follow up with you about the experience. A review published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that having accountability buddies on Facebook, Twitter, and wellness-minded social networks like DietBet greatly increases the likelihood you’ll make healthy choices. That’s right: These don’t even need to be IRL friends for you to benefit!

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