Lateral leg raises, or hip abductions as they are also called, helps with shaping your ass, hips and thighs. They also prevents injuries in your hip and lower back. Leg raises is a good exercise you can do in the kitchen when waiting for something to finish. Lateral means a movement away from the plane of the body.
Stand with your side to the kitchen counter and place your left hand on the edge for support. Shift your weight to your left leg and slowly lift your right leg as high as you can (often about 45 degrees) before lowering again. Don’t tilt your upper body to compensate for the lift. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions and then switch to the other side. Don’t let your foot touch the floor between reps.
Alternative 1 – Backwards leg lift
With the leg extended straight, lift it back about 90 degrees while bending forward, then lower it again. When your leg is at the highest it should be parallel to the ground. This is easiest done if facing the counter.
Alternative 2 – Forward leg lift
Lift your leg forward as high as you can and then lower it back down again. Keep you abs tensed during the movement and don’t arch your back. This version targets your abs and hip flexors.
The main point of stretching your fingers is to improve flexibility, relieve stress and avoid pain in your fingers. Stretching your fingers is especially important if you have a job where you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. This is a simple stretch exercise you can do in your car when driving to and home from work.
Place one finger on the steering-wheel and gently press down. Keep the tension for a desired amount of time before relaxing and moving on to the next finger. Work you way through your fingers one by one before switching hand. You can stretch your fingers both down and up for maximal efficiency.
Given you don’t experience any pain when preforming the exercise you will benefit from stretching your fingers several times per day.
Why make it complicated? Crunches is an excellent go-to exercise and if you want to spice them up you can make them twisted.
Lay on your back in bed and elevate your legs. Raise your upper body and turn to the left and meet your left knee with your elbow or hand. Keep you legs elevate and switch sides. Do as many as you can manage.
There’s no need to raise your upper body all that much. If you just get your shoulder off the sheets then that’s enough.