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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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You know that feeling you get when you snuggle down for the night and then you remember that you haven’t exercised nearly enough today? It’s mostly a feeling of guilt but with a little bit of denial thrown in. You know that you should exercise and that you’ll regret it if you don't, but you’re already in your pyjamas – and in your bed. The pull of the warm blankets is testing your willpower to its limit. Should you get up and burn some energy, or put it off until the morning?

Here is a way to solve the dilemma either way. The following is a list of exercises you can do lying on your bed, so whether you choose to do them tonight or in the morning, you can remain in relative comfort:



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Sit-ups -this first one can be done sitting on the side of the bed. Plant your feet on the floor and lay back. Keeping your arms to your sides or folded in front of you, lift yourself slowly into a sitting position then slowly lie back again. Repeat this movement for as many times as your fitness level allows.

You can then move to sit-ups on the bed. Start by lying flat with your hands behind your head and do as many sit-ups as your fitness level allows.

Leg-lift – lying on the bed, raise one leg as high as you can and hold, slowly lower and do the same with the other one. Then lift both together. Alternate for as long as your fitness level allows.



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Leg-cross – repeat the actions above, only once you lift your leg, cross it over in front of your other leg as far as you can. Hold, return and repeat with the other leg. Do this as many times as your fitness level allows.

Bed-pedaling – lie on your back and lift both legs in the air. Make a pedaling motion beginning slowly and increasing speed as your fitness level allows.

Bed-rolls – lie flat in the centre of the bed with your arms close to your chest. Roll your body first to one side and then the other. Take care not to roll too far and end up on the floor! Repeat this as many times as your fitness level allows.



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Side-to-side clap – lie back with your arms straight out to your sides. Keeping the bottom half of your body and your right arm still, lift your left arm and turn the top half of your body to the right until your hands touch. Return to your original position then repeat with the other side.

I have to confess that I exercise this way quite often, challenging myself to do a few extra each time.



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It will never replace a brisk walk or a game of tennis but it is far better than no exercise at all. As a bonus, I find that it helps me drift off to sleep more easily.

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