I love it, just when the birds wake up, just when the leaves rustle a bit, just when the darkness reluctantly hands over itself to dawn, just when the stillness begs away the noise … and absolutely not when the alarm goes off!
Some people wake up to meditation, some to wailing kids, some to Facebook, some to 119 WhatsApp messages, some to aromatic coffee, and some to metabolism kick-off workouts. Finding time to exercise, going to the gym, running miles is becoming next to impossible thanks to the absolutely crazy work schedules, mundane errands, patience testing babysitting, compulsory engagements, boring social commitments and not to mention the never ending school runs.
Shown above are sets of exercises that not only kick off the metabolism first thing in the morning but also attack the infamous jelly bulge, notorious love handles and bulging butts all at the same time. (Oye hoye hoye, death hee ho gayee)
Lying on your back, legs straight, arms stretched above your head, come up bringing your legs and arms to a “V” shape. Remember to keep your core muscles contracted. Repeat 15 times
B. Side Raise
Lying on your side put the arm closer to the ground in front. The other arm is supporting your neck and you simultaneously raise the top leg and your upper body giving your love handles a tough time. Repeat 12 times.
C. Donkey Kick
Steady on your all fours, chin up, raise your leg above your hips, bring down halfway and then raise it back again. Keep your gluteus muscles contracted and repeat non-stop for 15 times for each leg.
Resting on your elbows and toes, make sure that your shoulders are in line with your elbows, rise up to a straight plank. You lower back should be absolutely straight like a wooden plank. Hold for 40 seconds and release.
The above exercises make up one set. Try and do four of these, with a 30 second break between each set. Complete the set within 10-12 minutes for brilliant results.
And once you’re done with the above and if you have time, treat yourself to a breakfast of Roasted Eggplant with Halloumi. This little unassuming entity is packed with essential nutrients and can be eaten for any meal of the day, and can also be served as an appetizer to your calorie conscious guests. Eggplant is roasted along with some garlic bulbs and tomatoes, then blitzed together with spices and olives and then left alone for a bit for the flavors to mingle. After a couple of hours of resting, the dip is ready to be smeared on some freshly toasted French bread topped with thin slivers of grilled Halloumi cheese.(Oye hoye hoye, death hee hogayee)