Last updated on August 6th, 2018 at 11:57 am
This core and upper body workout is short and sweet, energizing, strengthening and can be done in 6 minutes! Oh, and from now on it will be my everyday morning workout, I’ll tell you why.
My dad went to a reunion with his high school football team recently and told me how everyone wanted to know his secret to staying in such good shape. I mean, is my dad J.Lo, what is happening here? Then he told me something I never knew about him. He told me that he has a morning workout routine and he does the same exercises every single morning.
Like 200 from this, 200 from that exercise and he doesn’t miss a day.
It’s not the first time I hear someone talk about doing the same morning workout every single day. And doing millions of repetitions. I always thought “Wow that sucks.”
One guy told me how his brother, who was supposedly in killer shape does 600 push ups every morning. He didn’t have much time to take care of himself when his child was born and had to work all the time, so he decided to start with 50 push ups and worked himself up.
Then, after hearing that story, his brother got inspired and started doing the same. Now he’s at 200 push ups.
Now that I heard about my dad’s morning workout routine, I wanna start my own.
I want it to be short and sweet and I want to really be persistent and do it every single morning at home, in the park or at the beach. And I want progress – I want to increase counts & rounds as I go and grow.
I chose a core and upper body workout for my morning workout routine, because, working a desk job, those are the areas I need to build strength in. Plus it will help me improve my posture.
Here’s a great quick and effective core and upper body workout you can do at home (or anywhere you want)!
6-Minute Core and Upper Body Workout For Great Posture and Strength
This is the short and sweet 6-minute core and upper body workout I’ll be doing every day to improve posture and gain strength! You don’t need to do it every day, but if you have 6 minutes and want to gain core and upper body strength – this one’s effective and energizing. I did all exercises back to back, no (not much) rest in between, just one round. Feel free to add more reps or more rounds of this awesome core and upper body at home workout.
Move #1: Plank – Hold 1 minute
I’m doing an elbow plank, because my wrists can’t handle a full plank and it tones everything anyway. Here’s a video demo on how to do a proper plank by LivestrongWoman.
Move #2: Spiderman Plank, 20x
Simple plank exercise that strengthens your abs and core and I ABSOLUTELY love.
From plank position bring your right knee to your right elbow. Then do it on the left side, go at your own pace. Repeat for 20 counts total. Here’s a video demo by Howcast.
Move #3: Plank Hip Dips – 20x
Start in plank position, rotate your hips and dip to the right. Return to starting position and then repeat on the left side. Do 20 counts total. Here’s a demo by Brawlers.
Move #4: PushUps – 10x
Because I, still, can only do 10 pushups. Here’s a video demo how to do push ups by Howcast.
Move #5: Plank Knee Taps – 20x
With this move, you basically go from plank to downward facing dog and tap your knee. Then you do it again and tap the other knee. Do it for 20 counts total. Here’s a GIF demo by Women’sHealth.
Move #6: Reverse Fly – 20x
I love this move for my neck and shoulder muscles! Used 3 pound dumbbells, but you can also do it without weights. If you have neck and shoulder problems from sitting too much at a desk – this move is very important! I feel it strengthen everything and also feel more energized from it. Do 20 reps total. Here’s a GIF demo by Women’sHealth.
And that is it! I hope you guys enjoy this workout – it’s super quick and can be done at home or anywhere you want.
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