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TV Watcher's workout

Posted Dec 14 2008 10:27pm

One of the top reasons people don't exercise is time -- they can't seem to find it. However, they can always seem to find an hour for their favorite TV program. Whether it's Grey's Anatomy or The Real Housewives of Orange County -- we're not judging here -- they’ll carve out an hour to sit down, relax and enjoy some TV.

That's fair. There's nothing wrong with watching a little TV. But what if you could actually get a great workout without missing a minute of the action? There is a way to do so -- and it’s easier than you think.

"If you can better utilize your time and knock out watching your favorite show and getting exercise in the same hour, why wouldn't you do it? Besides, by staying active, you'll be less likely to run to the kitchen during that commercial break to grab something to munch on," says Registered Dietitian Nicole Bengtson, LD/N.

One of the easiest ways to increase workout efficiency is to make better use of your downtime. Next time you're watching your favorite show, take the opportunity to use the commercial breaks as a means of getting in a little exercise.

For example, the first set of commercials you could perform sets of crunches; the next, do some push-ups; the next, jump rope. Given that the average one-hour show has 20 minutes worth of commercials, you'll have gotten in a good workout while enjoying your show and not leaving the house. Who really wants to sit and watch commercials, anyway?

Here are a few great moves to get you started -- complete with videos that show exactly how to do them. They can all be done without equipment, so you can get started immediately!


Bent Knee Push-Up -- Upper Body

Wall Push -- Upper Body (Beginner)

Straight Leg Reverse Lift -- Butt

Squat -- Butt and Legs

Walking Lunges -- Legs and Butt

Abdominal Crunch -- Abs

Double Crunch -- Abs

Standing Calf Raise -- Lower legs
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