Did you know you bed makes a great exercise tool?
When we press against an immovable object, like a wall, we build strength. That is called resistance training. Your bed offers some softness and it also allows you to move and press into it while it presses back at you. Here are a few things you can try when you lie on your back.
When you do the following movements, pay attention to your muscles. Your goal is to be able to feel them as they contract (tighten up a bit.) It doesn’t require much to make them “work.” Don’t work hard.
Gently and thoughtfully
- press the back of your head into your bed or pillow (feel your neck muscles in back.)
- press your shoulders backward into the bed (feel your upper back.)
- squeeze your shoulders toward your spine (feel the muscles between your spine and shoulder blades.)
- squeeze your belly toward your spine (feel the muscles around your hip bones, “stomach” and back.)
- press your heels into your bed (feel the muscles in the back of your thighs.)
It takes only a few minutes when you are in bed to start to get a stronger, straighter body. When you were a child, you had a strong, straight posture. You were moving all the time. You used all of your muscles. Help your body remember how it used to be. Use all of your muscles, not just a few.
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