OK, here’s where you go, “Pardon you, Siobhan?! Like that will do you ANY good!” But seriously! A three minute workout everyday can make you a stronger runner and prepare yourself mentally for a great sleep or a bright start to your day!
I read in Runner’s World that by working your abs for at least 15 minutes a week will make you a stronger runner. By busting out your crunches, planks, and full on sit ups for 3 minutes a day and 5 times a week, you are prepping your body to be just as fit as Spiderman for your next run. The best part? It`s only 3 minutes! But if you are feeling adventurous, why not do it longer? What is the worst thing that is going to happen?! So, put on your favourite jam and rock it out because you will probably still be jamming along to your song when you are done! Perfect, right?
I like to do my little quickie before bed. Others may argue that they can`t workout before sleeping because the don`t get a good nights rest. I actually find it relaxing. My muscles tend to tense up during the day and I notice how stiff they are before going to bed. Loosening up my muscles allows for my body to find it`s groove in the mattress and for my head to feel clear.
Another tip: get rid of anything that blinks or glows green (like Blackberry`s, iPhone`s, and alarm clocks) in your room. The light interferes with your circadian system and disrupts your sleep. If you get rid of them, you will wake up with an energy boost. Give it a try!
For those of you who refuse to workout before you sleep- why not make it a morning routine? Moving your muscles first thing in the morning helps to stimulate your brain and wake you up before you grab your java!
Who knew three minutes could be so productive?