INCORPORATING exercise into your morning routine on a daily basis can be a real challenge.
However, if you make an effort to get up early and exercise, it can be an amazing way to start the day.
If you often wake up in the mornings with aches and pains, or constantly feel sluggish, you could try some simple methods to charge yourself so that you feel more energised throughout the day.
Start out with a few simple stretch exercises.
Regular stretching can relieve stiff muscles and creaky joints, improve posture, lower stress and invigorate you for the day.
It just takes a few minutes of stretching to increase blood circulation as oxygen and nutrients would be delivered to the muscles and organs, including your heart.
Most people associate stretching with yoga or pilates, however, stretching out your limbs does not require the same level of attention and focus.
Static stretching involves stretching a body part to its farthest position and holding it for 30 seconds or more.
The goal is to release tension so that your muscles become more pliable and less susceptible to pulls and strains. You can also diversify your stretches by using a resistance band.
Some other basic stretch moves you could do are the Standing Side stretch, which helps strengthen upper back, shoulders and core; Forward Hang that helps build spine strength and flexibility; Hamstring stretch to tone your thighs; and the Upper back stretch for improving posture and releasing tension.
Consult your medical practitioner before you embark on any exercise programme.
In addition to your morning stretches, a nutritious milk drink can help you stay invigorated.
Goodday Milk has come up with Goodday Charge, a chocolate milk drink fortified with MultiPROTM and as many as 10 beneficial nutrients, including vitamins B1, C, and niacin to provide you with energy.
It is available in one litre and 200ml sizes at major hypermarkets, supermarket and provision shops, and 250ml at convenience stores and petrol stations.