You already know you don’t need to hit the gym to stay fit.
But did you know you could actually burn calories while lying in bed?
Yup. Burning calories in a horizontal state may seem like a dream come true (pardon the pun), but the truth is – your body actually works quite hard while you snooze away. In fact, you’re actually constantly burning calories during homeostasis – which is the process of keeping your organs and body systems functioning.
When you do the maths, you’ll realize your body can burn quite a bit even during periods of what may seem to be inactivity.
But if you want to melt even more calories without leaving the house, or the bed for that matter – here are a few pillow-friendly activates to incorporate into your routine.
If you do them consistently, you’ll be surprised at the wonders they can work.
Do some light yoga
Your bed is a comfy and cozy places to practice light stretching and yoga poses. Use the bedhead to hold onto and deepen your stretches. There are a variety of poses you can do, our favorites being the Happy Baby pose and the Supine Spinal Twist.
Read a book before bed
Bet you didn’t think reading could help burn off your dessert, but life is full of surprises. Not only is cozying up with a novel good for your emotional and mental wellbeing, it also burns calories – almost twice as much as sleeping! Why? Because using your brain requires energy. So next time you want to watch Netflix in bed to unwind, think twice and pick up a book instead.
Do some journaling
Before you nod off, pick up a pen and paper and write about your day. Perhaps you could jot down the things you’re grateful for, or create a to-do list for the next day. Doing this will help untangle the knots in your mind so you can get a sounder sleep, therefore ensuring less anxiety, sugar-cravings and stress-eating.
Breathe it out
You may have heard this before, but the eight-count breathing hack is one of the best things you can do before falling asleep. You simply breathe in for eight counts, hold the breath in your lungs for eight counts, and breathe out for eight counts. Doing this will also reduce your stress hormone, cortisol, which is linked to belly fat and sugar cravings. Cortisol also decreases lean muscle tissue, which is bad news – because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Therefore, reducing cortisol is key.
Relax your muscles
Perform muscle relaxation exercises under the covers to burn a few more calories. Lie on your back and place your arms at your sides. Start tensing and relaxing the muscles of all your body parts – progressively, starting with your toes. This will help with burning calories and sending you off for a sound night’s sleep.