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Friday, November 30, 2012

The TV Workout

If you’ve ever had one of those nights where you just can’t bring yourself to go to the gym but want to get some kind of exercise, you can try what I call the TV workout. If you’re watching a television show that is on for one hour, about one-fourth of that time is spent on commercials. That’s 15 minutes of stuff you probably don’t care about. Why not use that time to squeeze in a few moves to get your heart pumping?

Commercial break #1:
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 squats

Commercial break #2:
  • 10 burpees
  • 15 mountain climbers
  • 30 seconds of high knees

Commercial break #3:
  • 30 seconds of butt kicks
  • 10 plie squats
  • 30 seconds marching in place while making arm circles

Commercial break #4:
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 seconds stepping side-to-side
  • 10 side lunges

Commercial break #5:
  • 10 push-ups
  • 20 walking lunges, alternating legs
  • 20 squat pulses

Of course you don’t have to follow this routine exactly—it’s just something to give an idea of what kind of moves can be squeezed into commercial breaks. If you can do more, go for it! Something else I like to do is break out my exercise ball or yoga mat and do some stretches or ab exercises while I watch TV. It makes me feel productive while I’m relaxing and watching my favorite shows.

What are your ideas for squeezing exercise in on lazy days?

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