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The Lazy Person's Workout or Exercising In Bed

Updated on September 29, 2010


I, like some others, want to exercise so we can get into shape/stay fit. But some of us either feel like we never have the time, or we don't feel like getting up and doing a whole bunch of exercises, or we don't feel like getting out of bed to do it. I have 4 workout DVD's and am always cutting workouts out of magazines and also saving ones I find online. Sometimes though, I just don't feel like getting out of bed or off the couch to exercise. Then one night while I was lying there, I started thinking of the workout DVD's and videos I'd watched, and the workouts I'd saved. I started working out in bed. Here are a few ways you can exercise without having to get out of bed.


1. Hip Rolls: You can lie on your back, stomach, or either side and do these. Just lie there and use your abs to move your hips in a circular motion, first go in one direction

for 10 reps and then go in the other direction.

2. Hip Rock: Lie on your back and use your abs to rock your hips back and forth. Do 10 reps.

3. Small Crunch: Lie on your back. Engage your abs and lift your head and shoulders off the bed. Do 10 reps.

4. Bicycle: Lie on your back with your legs in the air. Move for legs in a circular motion as though you were riding a bike. Do 40 reps.

5. Small Leg Crunch: Lie on your back. Bring your knees up to your chest and then put them back down. Do 10 reps.

Well, this is all I have so far. Any exercise that is done while lying down can be done in bed. Just because the bed is softer than the floor, doesn't mean you can't get a good workout doing your exercises in bed. So don't skip exercising just because you don't feel like getting out of bed, do your exercises in bed.  If you want, you can also grab a couple dumbells, lie on your back with a dumbell in each hand.  Put your arms out to the sides on the bed, slowly lift the dumbells up and together, keep your arms straight.  Lower dumbells back to the bed.  Do 10 reps.

 You can also work your abs and arms sitting down.  I started doing this before doing my other workouts.  All you need is a music player and a couple dumbells, I use two 5 lb dumbells.  Sit on the floor, chair, couch, wherever.  You can do this playing music you can work out to, something you can work out to the beat.  Grab a dumbell in each hand and work out to the music.  Rest your elbows on your knees with your arms pulled in to your chest and your abs pulled in.  Next (with your abs pulled in) raise up so you're no longer in a slouched position, as you raise up, bring your arms forward and down, then go back to the starting position.  I do this a few times to the music and then I'll have one arm up and the other down and then switch, twisting slightly while I do this.  I switch back and forth between these two exercises through 3 songs, and then I move on to doing pilates. 


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    • Valcanhouser profile image

      Valcanhouser 6 years ago from Wisconsin

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      Valcanhouser 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I recently downloaded some zumba fitness videos I found while looking for fitness/workout videos. It's very addictive, so is the music. I was listening to the music while sitting down and found I couldn't sit still. You can exercise in bed or sitting on your butt! So there is no longer any excuse for not exercising!

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      Valcanhouser 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Yeah. I really enjoy working out but sometimes things come up that distract me or I won't feel like it or whatever. I was lying there one night thinking about exercising and just started going through some of the exercises I'd found on DVDs and in magazines and found out that it works.

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages ! Good ideas one can actually workout before getting up