8 Bedtime Exercises for a Flat Tummy

8 Bedtime Exercises for a Flat Tummy

Achieving a flat tummy doesn’t always require high-intensity gym sessions; you can actually make significant progress right from the comfort of your bed. Incorporating specific exercises into your routine before you sleep can not only help strengthen your core but also promote relaxation and better sleep. Here are eight simple exercises you can do in bed for a flatter tummy:

1. Leg Raises

Lie on your back with your legs straight. Slowly lift your legs to a 90-degree angle, then lower them back without touching the bed. Keep your movements slow and controlled to engage your lower abdominal muscles effectively.

2. Windshield Wipers

Still lying on your back, raise your legs straight up. Slowly lower your legs to one side as far as comfortable without touching the bed, then bring them back up and over to the other side. This exercise is excellent for your obliques and overall core stability.

3. Bicycle Crunches

Lie on your back and place your hands behind your head. Lift your knees towards your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the bed. Alternate touching your elbow to the opposite knee by twisting your torso during each cycle. This exercise targets the upper and lower abdominals and the obliques.

4. Plank

Lie face down. Prop yourself up on your elbows and toes, keeping your body in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Engage your core and hold this position. While a traditional plank is usually done on a firmer surface, doing it in bed will challenge your stability and work your core even harder.

5. Scissors

Lie on your back and lift your legs up. Keep one leg lifted while lowering the other leg without touching the bed, then switch. This scissor motion is great for targeting the lower abdominals.

6. Pillow Squeeze

Place a pillow between your knees and lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the bed. Squeeze the pillow with your knees, engaging your inner thigh and abdominal muscles. Hold the squeeze, then release. Repeat several times.

7. Side Planks

Shift to your side and prop your body up on one elbow, aligning your feet on top of each other. Lift your hips to create a straight line with your body. Hold this position to target the obliques on your lifted side. Switch sides after your set time.

8. The Hundred

Lie on your back with your knees bent into your chest. Lift your shoulders and head slightly off the bed and extend your arms along your sides, palms facing down. Pump your arms up and down rapidly while breathing in and out for five counts each until you reach a hundred. This classic Pilates exercise is great for endurance and deep abdominal activation.

Tips for Success

Consistency is Key: Regularly performing these exercises will yield the best results. Aim for at least 5 days a week.
Mind Your Diet: Exercise goes hand in hand with a balanced diet. Avoid heavy meals before bed and focus on a diet rich in proteins, whole grains, and fibers.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but limit intake right before bed to avoid disrupting your sleep.

Integrating these exercises into your nightly routine can gradually lead to a stronger, flatter tummy while also helping you wind down for a good night’s sleep. Remember, progress takes time and consistency, so keep at it, and you’ll likely see results.



Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.