Seize the Morning: Move
Squats, skips, and other techniques to start your day strong
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Here, they share their tips for warming up their bodies so they can seize the morning from the start.
Rehydrate your joints.
“Before getting out of bed, I like to move my body bit by bit. Some days, I flex and extend my limbs. Other days, I tense up my muscles and release. The body becomes dehydrated overnight and these routines prevent stiffness. Plus, I have a few injuries right now, so I need to promote blood circulation before my feet touch the ground.” —Chloé Levray, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Glendale
Go into downward dog.
“I like to focus on slow, rhythmic movements that increase my core temperature and restore my range of motion. Downward dog and the World’s Greatest Stretch counterbalance the negative effects from the previous day's sitting and driving by engaging the hips and thoracic spine.” —Alex Zimmerman, director of Equinox’s Tier X program
Choose your stretches wisely.
Squat, then skip.
“I incorporate deep bodyweight squats into my morning routine to help loosen up after spending the night in bed. Later, I take the train to work, and I like to skip the stairs on my way up to the platform. This quick exercise gets my heart rate up before the ride.” —Matt Delaney, national manager of innovation at Equinox
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