Exercise can seem scary, especially when it comes to finding the time to do it, but there are ways to make it fun and easy. There are a lot of simple stretches that people can do while in the comfort of their own home, even while in a chair or bed, that can help promote fat loss or increase metabolism.
1. The standing forward bend
Stand with your feet apart and slightly bend your knees. Move forward at your hips so that your upper body hangs over the legs while keeping your knees straight. Next, hold out your arms, placing your hands past your feet. After holding for 4 breaths, pull in your abs and round your back all at once. Do this 3 times in total.
2. The lying twist
Lie on your back and extend your arms out to the side. Lift up your legs using your knees and then lower them to one side until your thigh touches the floor. Raise your legs again and repeat for the opposite side.
3. The boat pose
First, sit down with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground with your hands resting at your hips. While keeping your back straight, lift up your feet and extend your arms forward. Balance yourself on your sitting bones and lengthen your front torso. Breathe and straighten out your legs so that you make a “V” shape. Stay in this pose for about 5 breaths, all the while spreading your shoulder blades.
4. The chair pose
Despite the name, you don’t really need to do this using a chair. Stand up with your feet apart, breathe, and raise your arms over your head. If you are sitting on a chair or leaning forward, your torso should lean forward over the thighs. Hold the position for 5 breaths. Return to the starting position and switch sides.