Dr. Oz’s 7-Minute Morning Workout
Snooze-button mornings and double-espresso afternoons happen to everyone… even the normally supercharged Dr. Oz and wife Lisa Oz. Their revitalizing solution: this easy plan designed by Joel Harper, a New York City–based trainer who has worked with the Oz family for more than a decade. “It stretches out the kinks caused by sleeping or sitting and elevates your heart rate to rev your metabolism and boost your energy,” he explains. “And the routine works every major muscle, so you’ll squeeze in some sculpting too.”
Try it first thing in the a.m.—you can do the moves in your pj’s—or anytime you need extra oomph. Ready? Set? Go!
How it works:
Do each move for 1 minute in order without resting between exercises.
No gear—not even sneakers!
Works: full body
Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands in front of shoulders, elbows pointing down, and palms facing away from you. Raise your right arm overhead as you lift right knee toward chest [shown]. Repeat on opposite side. Continue at a quick pace, alternating sides.
2. PRAYER SQUAT
Works: butt, thighs
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders, toes lifted, and arms at sides. Squat deeply as you bring your hands in front of your forehead, palms pressed together [shown]. Rise up halfway as you extend arms behind you. Repeat.
3. SUN IN YOUR EYES
Stretches: shoulders, hip flexors, arms, back
Stand with your right ankle crossed over left and place both hands on your forehead, fingers interlaced and palms facing up. Bend from your hips to the left as you look up to the right [shown]. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on opposite side.
4. BRIDGE DIP
Works: triceps, legs, core
Sit with knees bent and feet on the floor, hands beside your hips. Lift hips and raise right leg straight up. Bend elbows [shown], straighten arms, and repeat. Switch legs after 30 seconds.
5. SUPERMAN TWIST
Works: core, butt
Lie facedown with legs extended behind you and place forehead on your hands, fingers interlaced and palms on the floor. Raise your legs and chest, then rotate torso to the left, tapping right elbow on floor [shown]. Rotate to the right, tapping left elbow on floor. Continue, alternating sides.
6. CRISSCROSS REACH
Stretches: back, hamstrings
Sit with legs extended on the floor in front of you, left ankle over right. Extend your arms at shoulder height in front of you, left hand on top of right. Bend forward, reaching right hand toward right toes as you lower your chin toward your chest [shown]. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on opposite side.
7. BUTTERFLY TAP
Works: abs, inner thighs
Sit with knees bent and pointing out to sides and feet on the floor in front of you. Place fingertips on the floor between your legs and lean back slightly until you feel your abs engage. Raise left foot [shown], then lower it and immediately raise right. Continue, alternating feet.