5 Minutes for Fitness: No couch-slouching!

The new fall season of TV has started which means many of us are tempted to become a part of the sofa after the kids go to bed.

Instead of couch-slouching, why not get fit and enjoy your favorite shows at the same time?

Here are a few tips:

* Set up any exercise equipment you might have in front of the TV. Do you have an old exercise bike that now doubles as a clothes hanger? Drag it in front of the TV and start pedaling!

* Each commercial break is approximately 2 minutes. How many squats can you get done during the first break? How many pushups can you do during the second break? Can you hold a low plank for an entire commercial break? Keep a scorecard and track your progress.

* Get inspired by watching shows such as The Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars. It is very difficult to stay seated when you are watching other people exercising and dancing. Get up and move with them!

* Use your favorite shows as a reward system. For example, tell yourself that you can sit and watch TV after you have exercised for at least 10 minutes. You’ll feel better and get an added boost of energy at the end of your day.

These are just a few ways that TV time can also be fitness time. Have a tip that works for you? Please share it in the comments!

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.


  1. says

    I love the fact that you named my favorite show DWTS!!!! I am usually washing dishes dring the commercial breaks. I take the time to do something during my shows.

  2. says

    Good tip from our household : don’t have cable or sattelitte. 😉 We only watch movies once in a while, so we are out doing exercises very often. :)

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. :)

  3. says

    Great idea, the shows the girls and I watch well- sitting still during them is rarely our problem, we’re usually acting them out or yelling at them to quit being such morons. Except for Burn Notice, we love that one.
    Now, I need the plan to decrease the ever-widening bottom from being a blog addict. 😉

  4. says

    Great ideas Lisa!!!

    I am soooo looking forward to a break to watch “The Office”. In my former life (before kids) I used to do Pilates and do ball exercises while I watched TV. I was already thinking that with the new TV season, it will be a good time for me to take some time to relax and do stretches and Pilates again.

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