Saturday, March 16, 2013

Don't just sit there! Workout while you watch TV

Gigi told us about this in class this morning. It reminded us all of drinking games from college, but that's another story…

Anyway, this seemed kind of a fun way to get some exercise in while watching the boob tube. It's even more fun if you're hooked a show you watch with friends and family. Here's how it works:

I bet it's not the TV that makes them happy, it's the exercise they got today:
walked to school, PE and recess, did chores sans maid, and worked in factory. 
Pick 3 or 4 exercises that you can do in your TV room. They can can be anything you have room for. If you have fitness toys, incorporate those in too.  Let's say we'll do dead bugs, lunges, planks and burpees.

Next pick 3 or 4 things that are repeated on the show, like on Downton Abbey when they do something ridiculously upper crust, they play the melodramatic music and show everyone's face to fill out a scene, Thomas does something smarmy, or a character says Mr Bates.

Now match an exercise with each of the above scenes on the show. Examples might be, when someone says Mr Bates, you have to do 10 burpees. When Thomas does something smarmy you have to do 20 lunges.

Then watch and workout as the show unfolds!

If you watch things like the Biggest Loser (ugh, don't get me started!) or Dancing with the Stars, you could just move and groove with who's on screen too.

Now don't get me wrong; I'm not advocating you start watching TV as a method of exercise. We don't even own a TV (or a microwave oven), but according to Nielsen Ratings there are now more TVs per household than people! So while this may not be a super challenging workout, it's better for your brain and body than just slugging on the couch, don't ya think?

Back when we had a TV I would stretch while watching Antiques Roadshow. What about you? Do you do something like this already?

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