I decided a while back to make some form of daily exercise* a regular part of my life. The secret to consistency? I can literally roll out of bed and be in the gym.
I’ve made a few fitness acquisitions over the years which have added up to make a convenient “bedside gym.”
1. Yoga mat
I usually start the morning fitness with an abbreviated, accelerated stretching routine which I learned from a good yoga teacher (who also happens to be a friend).
Yoga mats are cheap to acquire, great for transportation, etc. And they make a great place to stretch out, lay down for crunches, or lay out for push-ups.
2. Pull up bar
This hangs niftily in the door frame of my bedroom-bathroom entry-way and lies in easy wait for me in between waking up and taking a shower. I can get in pull-ups or chin-ups or both in a morning. These make for great arm workouts and (or so I’ve read) can help to boost testosterone levels.
The barbell has fixed weights on the end, so it’s not good for muscle-building (go to the real gym for that), but it is good for maintaining muscle and doing exercises like squats.
When I do push-ups, I’ll occasionally lift up one arm and making a ringing “ding” against the bar before letting myself down. I also find the bar useful for holding my feet when I need to do sit-ups.
With just these three tools, I can manage a good range (though definitely not all) of the activities that help me to stay fit. And I don’t have to go far from bed to do it.
*Taking a queue from Isaac Morehouse, I set my sights stupidly low. Even 10 crunches might count for the day.