I've been doing Shape Magazine's pre-bed no-sweat workout and yoga sequence every night for the past week, and let me tell you – it feels great!!
Give it a try – it not only relaxes me and helps me drift off, but it also gets my metabolism up so my body's burning calories even while I sleep!
Check out the easy 10-minute workout below, with some helpful photos so you know how to do the moves:
5-Min Exercise Round
Repeat this sequence twice:
20 seconds of elbow plank
20 seconds of right side plank
20 seconds of left side plank
20 alternating lunges
20 jump squats or 20-second wall sit
5-Min Yoga Sequence
1. Knee to Shoulder
Starting from plank with your arms extended, bend your right knee and bring it up towards your right shoulder. Open leg to the right, then bring back up to Downward Dog Split. Repeat 5 times for each leg.
So remember, its: 1. Knee to Chest/Shoulder
2. Open leg outwards
3. Raise to Downward Dog Split
2. Plank Pose
Enter plank pose, balancing on your forearms. Tuck your toes, press heels back, and lengthen your body. Open your chest. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
3. Bridge Pose
Lay on your back and place feet about hip distance apart. Place arms at your sides, palms down. Lift your hips, raising your chest towards the ceiling. Clasp hands on the floor beneath you. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
4. Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Lie on your bed, with pillows under your back and head as needed. Position the soles of your feet together, and open your legs, allowing your knees to fall to each side. Gently pull your shoulder blades inward, and allow arms to relax at your sides, palms up. Hope for 60 seconds, breathing deeply.