*Note: frankly I don’t know who this image is by, or who is in it. But I’d love to know. If you know, tell me on social.
#letsbefrank if I could laze in bed with you all day, I would. But then we’d never make it to the shower.
Priorities and well, life gets in the way of quality ‘pillow talk’ (thanks Zayn) and one of those priorities is exercise.
I know what you’re thinking… it involves less clothes, a few weird noises and a lot of body contact. Sure, this is great exercise but not necessarily always feasible for all my babes.
So I’ve come up with 5 exercises that don’t rely on another person OR you getting out of bed. Yep, that’s #justthekindaguyiam.
1. Marching Hip Raises: Ready and GO. You’ll feel this in your butt, abs and thighs. AKA all the right places.
How: Lay on your back with your knees bent to 90 degrees. Place your arms by your side and lift your hips, intermittently alternating, to form a line down your body. Make sure you hold this posture, squeezing your butt in place while your legs do the moving.
2. Diamond Reverse Crunches: I know, you hear crunches and you think no thanks. But bare with me. Hello abs & thighs.
How: On your back, with your arms by your side palms down, open your legs with your feet together. Apparently it’s the position the beautician asks you to form when you’re getting a wax, or so I’m told. Lift your feet so you form a diamond, and while holding the position push your feet to the sky. Your butt and lower back should be momentarily lifting from the ground.
3. Jack Splits: You’ll look pro, but feel slightly ridiculous. But your chest, quads and abs will thank you (and me).
How: On your back, hands above your head, interlock your thumbs. Outstretch your legs, keeping your feet together. As you swing your hands down from above your head between your legs, your legs raise and split. Picture an umbrella closing – that’s your body.
4. Scissor Legs: Very common, for good reason. Who doesn’t love good, old-school aerobics? Give your legs a go, babe.
How: On your back, place your hands by your side or under your lower back. The most important aspect of this exercise is your posture. You must ensure you are not producing a gap between your back and the bed when you lift. Putting your hands here will aid this. Start with your legs at 90 degrees, and slowly lower one, then the other. Repeat.
5. Arabesque Leg Lifts: I know, sounds fancy. But just channel sporty spice and some hot pink sports apparel.
Your cheeks (not the ones on your face) will thank you.
How: On your hands and knees (yes, I promise this is an exercise not a sex position), make sure you’re in perfect table top position, (hands under your shoulders, knees under your hips). Balancing your weight out evenly and keeping your hips level, kick your right leg straight back, bring back to position and then kick again at a 45 degree angle. Repeat on the other side. Again, again.
Work up a sweat in bed but remember that cleansing your pores post workout, of any type, is essential. And we both know I’m the best guy for the job.
So as a part of my 29-day challenge, make sure ‘I want to stay in bed’ is a valid excuse.