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Get fit before the bell rings--without hitting the gym

There’s no way you can fit in a trip to the gym or a super-long run before school starts, but that doesn’t mean ya can’t exercise at least a little bit. Here are eight cinchy moves that you can do right in your house. Work ‘em into your morning routine, and you’ll be surprised at the awesome results.


Bed Bicycles

Lay on your bed with your knees bent, like you’re going to do sit-ups. Lift your feet off the bed, and put your hands behind your head. Bring your right elbow to meet your left knee in a twisting crunch, and at the same time, put your right leg out straight about 6 inches above the bed. Then do the same on the other side, bringing your left elbow to meet your right knee. Continue alternating like that, and do 15 touches on each elbow (30 total).


Twistin’ Sheets

Sit on your bed with your knees bent, and lift your feet off the bed. You’ll have to rock back a little bit, but stay sitting up as much as you can. Clasp your hands together, and bring them down to touch the bed on your right side. Then twist the opposite direction, and touch the bed on your left side with your clasped hands. Touch each side 20 times for a total of 40 twists, and never let your feet or back touch the bed.


Snooze Button

Sit on the edge of your bed, and put your hands on either side of your bod with your fingers facing the same direction as your toes. Then walk your feet out until your bod is almost straight, forming a 45-degree angle with the floor. Slowly lower yourself toward the floor by bending your elbows. Stop just before your butt meets the floor, and then straighten your elbows again. Do 25 dips, and try not to move anything but your arms the entire time.


Floor Kisses

Put your feet up on your bed and your hands on the floor. Walk forward on your hands ‘til your bod is straight. Do 30 push-ups from that position by bending your elbows until your nose almost touches the floor and then straightening them out again.


Lunge for the Day

Do lunges on your way down the hall to the bathroom. When you step forward with your right foot, make it a large step so that only your left toe is still touching the ground behind you. Drive your left knee toward the floor, and be careful not to let your right knee go past your toes. Then bring your left foot up to meet your right one so that you’re standing up straight. Repeat the process by stepping with your left foot. Continue all the way down the hall.


Toe Tricks

Pause on your way down the stairs, and stand facing them. Back your feet up ‘til your heels hang off a stair. Then go up on your tiptoes and back down. Raise yourself up on your toes 20 times.


Don’t Pack Light!

Grab your backpack full of heavy textbooks, and hold it in your right hand. Put your left hand and left knee up on your bed, leaving your right foot on the ground. Your back should be straight and parallel to the floor. Then bend your right elbow, keeping it close to your body, and bring your backpack up to your ribcage. Hold it there for a few seconds, and then slowly lower it back down (but not so far that it touches the floor). Do that 15 times on your right side, and then switch to do the exercise 15 times on your left.


Fancy Footwork

When you’re going down the hall, turn sideways and do a grapevine as fast as you can. A grapevine starts when you step to your right with your right foot. Then cross your left foot in front of your right one. Next, step to the right with your right foot again, and cross your left foot behind it. Continue down the hall. On your next trip, face the same direction, but go the opposite way, starting by putting your left foot out.

BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 8/9/2012 12:00:00 AM


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