Supine Wall Angels
Improving chest and shoulder mobility relieves muscle tightness and stiffness, and can make it easier to breathe and maintain a better posture when sitting or standing.
Lie on your back with knees bent and elbows also bent. Slide upwards, extending your arms until your hands meet overhead or as close as they can. Then come back down as far as you comfortably can. Inhale as you move your arms up, and exhale as you bring them back down.
Try to keep your elbows in contact with the ground, but don’t worry if your hands don’t touch the ground the whole time. Also take care not to arch your back. This exercise works on the front of the chest and the shoulders, which can be tight or stiff after lying down for a long time. Loosening up these muscles can also make it easier to breathe and maintain a good posture.
Exercise is an important part of COVID-19 recovery in order to regain your strength, endurance, flexibility, and ability to fully take part in all aspects of your daily life. Even if you cannot yet tolerate exercise in positions other than on your back or in bed, it is still very important to keep yourself as active as possible.
Some of the absolute basic exercises that should be performed if you are bed-bound include ankle pumps, heel slides and rolling from side to side to change position. Doing these exercises regularly several times a day will help from developing blood clots, pressure ulcers or bedsores, and contractures (shortened, tight muscles).