Let’s be honest, quarantine has made all of us appreciate our bed so much more. The bad news is that now, it’s way harder to leave it in the morning. The good news is that we’ve come up with a few simple 5-minute workouts in bed that you can do every morning (or when you decide to take a much-needed afternoon nap).
Believe it or not, stretching can do a lot more than just making us feel more relaxed. In the morning, before your morning cup of coffee, take a few minutes to stretch out your limbs to make yourself ready for the day. Not only can it help make the day easier, but stretching can have a huge role in building muscle. This easy and simple stretching routine can include leg lifts, touching your toes, or bringing your knees to your chest to stretch out that lower back.
2. Scissor Legs
This easy at-home workout can be a great way to build strength in the legs and lower abdominal region. Even better, it barely requires you to lift your head off your pillow. First, lift your legs slightly off the mattress. Then, start moving one leg at a time up and down in small movements. Do this for about 30 seconds and then rest. Once you’ve got 5 minutes of work in, you’re ready to get on with the day.
3. Pelvic Lifts
This is a simple and easy way not only to stretch out your lower back, but it’s also a great ab and hamstring workout. To do this, lie on your back and bend your knees with your feet planted firmly on the bed. Once in that position, just lift your bottom off the bed so that your hips are tilted. Hold in place for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, and then gently place your hips back down. Repeat this a few times for about 5 minutes, and you’ve just completed a quick ab workout.
4. Bicycle Crunches
If you’re not one of the few people who didn’t purchase a Peloton this year, bicycle crunches are a good way to build ab strength and leg muscles. While it may sound intimidating, it’s actually a very simple workout to do. First, lie on your back and bring your knees into your chest. From there, extend one leg out and bring your opposite elbow to the extended knee. Repeat that exact motion on the other side for a few sets.
5. Standard Sit Ups
If you’re not into bicycle crunches, regular sit ups are also a good way to get a workout done in the comfort of your own bed. Just lie on your back and bring your knees up so that your feet are planted firmly on the mattress. Once in position, place your hands behind your head and lift your body up so your head meets your knees.
Working out doesn’t always have to be hitting the gym or taking a class. Sometimes, just doing an easy 5-minute workout in the comfort of your own home can be enough to get you ready for the day. Exercise has never been more simple (or comfortable).