5 Simple Exercises You Can Do Without Getting Out of Bed
If you’re the kind of person who sets ambitious new year resolutions but doesn’t live up to them, please stand up! Actually… don’t… stay in bed. We understand that staying under the covers for hours is a delightful feeling. We won’t ask you to give up the warmth of your comforter to step out for a run. Instead, here’s an alternative… how about working out in bed? Wait wait, hear us out, we’re not crazy.
You may have several questions. Won’t my sheets get sweaty? Hmm, most probably not. Does it actually account for a workout? Well, yes, if you want it to. Does it work as an effective substitute for the gym? You weren’t going to go anyway – something is better than nothing. Here are 5 super easy and effective exercises that you can do whilst being in bed.
Reverse Diamond Crunches
While you’re lying on your back, put your arms on your sides with your palms facing down. Now, bring your feet together, open your knees to each side until your legs resemble a diamond. Ready? LIFT! Raise your hips off your bed and shoot your feet up towards the sky. Keep your core tight and bring your hips back down before repeating this movement multiple times. Remember, do not let your feet touch the floor.
Get off your bank into the plank position with your forearms on the bed and shoulders right above your elbows. Your body should be perfectly parallel to your bed – from your head to your heels. With your core tight and knees locked, lift your hips as much as possible, hold that posture and then return to your plank position. Engaging your core the easy peasy way!
Marching Hip Raises
Lie down on your back with your knees bent and place your arms along your sides with your palms facing down. Lift your hips up enough to form a straight line between your knees and your shoulders and then lift one foot off the bed bringing it directly above your hip. Once you put the foot down, repeat on the other side. Repeat this movement several times.
Side Plank with a Twist
Lie down on your side and place your forearm on the bed. While staying in a side plank position, lift your hips towards the sky, as high as you can go. Now, extend the hand that is free towards the sky and bring it back down extending under your body. Keep your core tight while returning to your starting position. Repeat this movement several times on the same side and then turn to the other side and repeat.
Leg Lift with Knee In
Lie down on your side with the knee closer to the ground bent with your foot behind you. Place your head on your hand and place the other hand on your hip. Extend your free leg to form a 90-degree angle from the ground and then pull your knee towards your chest before repeating the movement. Keep your movements controlled, your core tight and your glutes engaged. Repeat on both sides.