Exercises You Can Do From the Couch

Couch exercises
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Sometimes the hardest part of working out is just getting yourself up and out the door. When you feel like you really need to move around but just can’t find the energy to get off the couch, one hack is just to exercise from the couch. Luckily there are some great workouts you can do without leaving the living room. You can even put on a show or a podcast and let your mind veg out while you do these moves. If you don’t have energy for a full rotation, just do the moves you’re feeling up to—a little movement is always better than none at all!

Full Body Workout

This full-body workout from Ania Tippkemper includes a rotation of 9 exercises to strengthen many different muscles in your body. It’s a bit intense and involves a lot of floor/couch work, so if you have a yoga mat to put down for cushion this is the time to use it.

Energizing Routine

This collection of five low-impact exercises from Fitness Fission is a great way to get your heart rate up a bit and your body warm after you’ve been sitting still on a couch for a long time. This is a great option for when you feel like you just need a little pick-me-up.

Lying Down Rotation

This “lazy” workout from Next Level Mom lets you stay lying down while working out your core and legs. If your upper body is tired, if your back hurts or you’re stiff, if you’re struggling with dizziness or migraines, or even if you just want to lie down, these easy moves will let you combine comfort and fitness. The description is in German, but click through the videos for great demonstrations of each exercise.