Lying in bed this morning noting how much more of the bed I take up these days, I decided it was probably time to start exercising again. However, getting out of bed on this rainy Monday morning was proving to be an insurmountable problem, especially as I work from home on Mondays and I don’t like getting up, let alone getting up, then exercising.
So, how to get what I want without any effort? I began to shadow box in my bed and realised that actually, it makes sense that if you exercise before getting up, for as little as 10 minutes in the morning, surely you’ll feel more invigorated and ready for all the day will bring!
So, I figured the best part of the body to exercise while still in bed is the arms. And Google agreed. If you do these exercises every day for two weeks, you’ll definitely notice a difference in tone and shape, and you may even decide you’re ready to roll your exercise regime out of bed and onto the floor, perhaps! (Steady on, not quite yet!).
First you need to do a few stretches in bed. Then the Plank. Lying on your stomach, prop yourself up on your elbows. Lift your body so it is supported in a straight line on your elbows and toes. Hold this for as long as you can before flopping back into sleeping position, preferably for about 30 seconds. Repeat this 3 times and try to increase the repetition day by day. Just remember this exercise is toning up your arms, tummy and core and you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet!
Bed Boxing: Sit up in bed and imagine you have a boxing bag swinging in front of you. Start to punch it, using a combination of different punches – upper cuts, side punches, fast punches, combos. Change speeds and do this for a minute then break, then repeat. Shadow boxing is great for your arms, your chest and also burning calories – before you’ve even got out of bed!
Now, after a week of this, you need to put your weights beside your bed. Nothing too heavy, start with 3kg. Start with some Punch ups and you can even do these lying down! Hold one weight in each hand, then take turns to punch the air as high up as you can reach. Do the same number on each side, and repeat. Increase this every day.
Follow up with some Behind The Head Pull-Ups: Sitting up in bed, hold the weights together behind your head, then bend your elbows by your ears and straighten your arms above your head. Repeat this 30 times for each arm. Rest, repeat.
Do these every morning when your alarm goes off and within a few weeks, you’ll notice the difference!
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