Workouts for Book Lovers
Relax and read a book or put on your workout leggings and get some reps in? How about both!
Book lovers, we’ve found the perfect middle ground to keep your mind and body fit. With
mental fitness being just as important as physical fitness, reading is the perfect activity to engage your mind while getting in a good workout.
How Does Reading Support Your Mental Fitness?
Reading is like working out your brain at the gym. It works out important networks of circuits and signals that allow your brain to become stronger. It builds language, literary, and social- emotional skills. Reading is also a great activity to reduce stress—it gives you a chance to relax by lowering your heart rate and allowing you to fully engage in your book.
Another way that reading helps support your mental fitness is by helping improve your sleep quality as you unwind, while consistently helping improve your memory and concentration.
4 Exercises To Do While Reading a Book
Workouts for Book Lovers
To become physically and mentally fit try out these exercises you can do while reading.
1. Literature Leg Raises
Leg raises can be a challenge but they are a simple and effective way to target your abs and core.
- Grab your book of choice and hold it with both hands while lying down.
- Bring your legs straight up and lift them towards the ceiling.
- Slowly bring your legs back down while keeping your core engaged.
2. Wordy Wall Sit
The wall sit is a great workout for your lower body but it can seem endless—which makes reading a book during it a great distraction. This move is great for targeting your quads, glutes, and calves.
- Start by standing straight up with your back against the wall and your legs shoulder width apart.
- While you get in the proper position, hold onto your book with both hands in front of you
- Slowly slide down the wall until you’re in a seated position.
- Hold this position with your back flat against the wall for 1 minute or until you’ve read 2 pages.
3. Side-Lying Leg Lifts
Even though you are lying down, don’t under estimate this exercise. Leg lifts are designed to target your hips, glutes, and abs.
- Start by lying on your right side with your arm propped up as support for your head.
- If needed, place your left arm on the floor for extra support.
- Bring your left leg up and then back down.
- Repeat this movement 10 times or until you’ve read 2 pages. Switch to the other leg and repeat.
4. Literacy Lunges
Lunge your way into a good book with this exercise that targets your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves.
- Start off standing up with your back straight and your feet apart, keeping your core engaged.
- Hold your book in one hand while you step forward bending both knees until your back knee has almost touched the floor.
- Alternate legs and repeat the same movement until you’ve reached your set goal.
For more Workouts for Book Lovers to do while reading, that will keep your heart pumping and your brain stretched, check out the the infographic