Burn Calories with Easy Home Exercises
Little exercises done here and there at home still add up to burn calories and make you stronger in time for Raya. Here are our favourites:
While your coffee brews: Do a wall sit.
Rest your back, neck and head against a wall, with feet about a foot and a half away, then bend your knees, slide your body toward the ground until your thighs are parallel to it, and hold for 15 seconds. (Work up to 1 minute.)
While at the sink to wash your hands: Do standing push-ups.
Stand about 2 feet from a counter and, with your arms at shoulder height, place your palms against it. Keeping your body in a straight line, do 20 standing push-ups.
While lying in bed: Do half-bridges.
Lie on your back (no pillow), knees bent and feet flat on the bed. Tighten your stomach muscles, squeeze your buttocks and lift your hips, aiming to create a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Hold for 15 seconds. (Work up to 30 seconds.) Rest for 10 seconds, then repeat 3 times.
While playing with your kids: Do a plank.
Lie facedown on the floor, then push up your body so just your toes and forearms are on the ground. (If that’s too tough, keep your knees on the ground as well.) If your kids are small, let them crawl on top of you or underneath you.