While there are certainly benefits to exercising any time of day, science suggests that the best time of day to work out is in the morning. Exercise can improve mood, boost energy levels, and improve our ability to focus, so it makes sense that it should be done before most other daily tasks. For our morning workouts, we especially love to do pilates.
If we have time, we’ll go to a class at a studio, but sometimes it’s easier to squeeze in a session at home. For that, we’ve got a few go-to YouTube videos that always leave us feeling strong, flexible, and ready to tackle the day. If you’re looking for a new way to work out in the morning, give them a try.
20-Minute Full Body Workout
Morning pilates workouts are a specialty of YouTube pilates instructor Move with Nicole, and this video is one of her best. It’s gentle enough to ease you into the day but will still leave you feeling like you’ve done a complete workout.
Quick Morning Pilates Routine
Sometimes 10 minutes is all we have, and for those days, we love this video by Lottie Murphy. It includes gentle stretches and moves to work your core so you can move through your day feeling calm and confident.
20-Minute Gentle Morning Pilates Flow
This workout by Isa Welly is full of slow and controlled movements designed to help your body wake up gently. The whole routine is taught at an easy-to-follow pace and includes plenty of stretching, making it a great option for first thing in the morning.