Morning movement, whether your jam is a sweaty HIIT session or a centering yoga flow, has two major perks: waking you up physically and mentally. That’s why Ash Wilking, a boxing instructor based in New York, makes sure to carve out a few moments each morning for intentional, functional moves that both strengthen her body and help support mobility.
Got a full day of sitting at your desk ahead? Before you head out, try practicing two of Ash’s favorites: dead bug and bear plank. These simple yet powerful moves work your whole body, and they can even take on endless variations if you feel like firing it up.
Krista Soriano is the Senior Branded Content Editor at mindbodygreen. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a minor in communications from Messiah College, graduating summa cum laude. She has written and edited lifestyle content for over 15 magazines and websites, including ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and DuJour. At mbg, Soriano helps our partners—which include non-profits and Fortune 500 companies—tell their stories, covering everything from the future of regenerative agriculture, ethical banking, and the endocannabinoid system. She lives in New York.