These 5 Morning Workouts Will Put Your Metabolism in Overdrive

Updated 05/25/18

To help you reach your health and fitness goals, we tapped Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up for their advice. Here they’ll let you in on all their fitness secrets, as well as a few tips and tricks along the way.

best morning workouts
Tone It Up

The number one thing that starts our day right is making sure we move our bodies first thing in the morning. When we kick off our day with a workout, it guarantees that we feel more alert, energized, and ready to take on whatever comes our way. We especially love high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts in the morning because they’re quick to complete and tone your body from head to toe. HIIT workouts boost your metabolism, up your energy levels, and sculpt your muscles fast. Plus, your metabolism will be revved all day long.

That’s also why we’ll be doing plenty of HIIT routines in the 2018 Bikini Series. During this eight-week fitness and lifestyle challenge, you’ll be hitting daily workouts alongside the entire Tone It Up team with access to so many amazing premium workouts in the Studio Tone It Up app. Plus, you’ll be eating lots of delicious and slimming meals and feeling strong. Sign up here to commit to the challenge and feel your best.

Today’s workout is equipment-free, so it’s the perfect routine to do anytime, anywhere. Go through one round of moves below.

Jump Lunge

Best morning workouts: Jump lunge
Tone It Up

Tones your legs and booty.

Start in a standing position and jump your right leg forward and your left leg back, landing in a lunge position with both knees bent—aim for 90-degree bends in both legs. Jump up and switch your legs in midair so that you land in a lunge position with your left leg in front. Continue jumping back and forth, switching sides with each rep.

Continue for 20 seconds, and rest for 10 seconds. Repeat a total of two times before moving to the next move.

Squat Up-Down

Best morning workouts: Squat up-down
Tone It Up

Sculpts your lower body and core.

Start in a standing position with your hands on your hips, feet together, and a slight bend in your knees. Step your left leg back, lowering into a half-kneeling position. Repeat on your right leg, then immediately step your right leg out in front of you to push yourself back up to starting position. Switch the starting leg with each rep.

Do 15 reps on each side.

High Knees

Best morning workouts: High knees
Tone It Up

Works your core while boosting your heart rate.

Start standing with feet hip-width apart and hands in front of you at a 90-degree angle with palms facing down. Lift your left knee up to touch your left palm, then quickly alternate sides lifting your right knee to your right palm as the opposite knee lowers. Switch sides with each rep.

Continue for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Repeat a total of two times before moving to the next move.

Side Plank Hip Dips

Best morning workouts: Slide plank hip dips
Tone It Up

Sculpts your obliques, core, and shoulders.

Start on the ground in a side plank position with your right foot placed out in front of your left foot and right arm raised over your shoulder. Lower your hips up and down a few inches. Complete all reps before switching sides.

Do 15 reps on each side.

Mountain Climbers

Best morning workouts: Mountain climbers
Tone It Up

Tones your core and shoulders and gets your heart rate up.

Start on the ground in a high plank position with your shoulders over your wrists and your core tight. Bring your right knee under your torso. Return right leg to starting position while pulling your left knee under your torso. Switch sides with each rep and move as quickly as possible while keeping good form.

Continue for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds. Repeat a total of two times.

For Your Gym Bag

Yeti Yoga Mat in The Hemlock
Yeti Yoga Mat in The Hemlock $60
Shop

Keep a yoga mat on hand for HIIT workouts that require floor movements.

Yuni Flash Bath No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam
Yuni Flash Bath No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam $18
Shop

This brilliant body foam by Yuni needs no water—a must-have for your gym bag.

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant $14
Shop

Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant is vegan and aluminum- and cruelty-free.

Up next, read on for five oblique exercises for a toned core.

Related Stories