Now that we’re all spending a lot more time lounging at home, you may want to kickstart your daily routine or try something new to brighten up your day. Instead of relying on a caffeinated pick-me-up, why not switch it up with a quick and simple morning workout?
We recommend trying this routine and seeing how your energy levels skyrocket during the day—you may even sleep better at night too! In this blog, we’ve even compiled some exercises you can do from the comfort of your warm, cozy bed.
Here are some of our favorite wakeup workout moves for you to try:
Morning Breathing Ritual
This is a great exercise to calm your nerves and start the morning in a positive way. While resting on your bed, turn to look up at the ceiling and adjust so your back is comfortably flush with your mattress. Place one hand on your belly and relax your abdominal muscles. Gently inhale through your nose to draw air into the bottom of your lungs. You’ll feel your abdomen rise and your rib cage expand outward, as if filling a balloon with air. Pause for a moment, then gently exhale out of your mouth from the top of your lungs to the bottom, drawing your belly button in towards your spine at the end of the exhalation. Repeat for a few cycles.
For this strengthening exercise, start by lying down. Place the soles of your feet on the bed with your legs hip-width apart and knees bent. Lift your tailbone and push up until your upper body makes a straight line from shoulder, to hip, to knee. Hold this position as long as you can, keeping your tailbone lifted, abs and glutes engaged, and neck relaxed. Lower and repeat for three reps.
For this move, lay flat on your back with your arms at your sides. With your legs straightened, exhale and lift one until it forms a 90-degree angle with your hip. Slowly lower the leg back down with control, then repeat with the alternate leg. We recommend you try two sets of 10 reps per leg to start.
This classic exercise can be completed on the floor for more stability, or on your mattress for more of a challenge. However, please be careful when performing this exercise on a soft surface! From a push-up position, lower onto your forearms. Make sure your body is forming a straight line from your head to your heels, placing weight on your forearms and toes, and aligning your elbows under your shoulders. Hold this position for 20 seconds (or as long as you can), keeping your body aligned and remembering to breathe! Try to do three reps total.
Make sure to stretch for a proper cool-down. Doing so can help to prevent injury. You can also take this time to incorporate restorative yoga poses, or even a quick meditation, before taking on your morning!
After you’ve completed your workout, seize the day and reach out to Shovlin Mattress Factory to find your perfect sleep solution. See for yourself why we’re the best in the biz, and how our top-quality mattresses and sleep accessories will help you get a great night’s sleep for an even better day. Our doors are open for private, no-contact appointments, and we’re here to help however we can! We’re also able to arrange contactless payment and curbside delivery so you can rest easy.
In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe, and we’re thinking of you all during these trying times.
Stop sleeping around… Sleep on a Shovlin!