5 Minutes for Fitness: No couch-slouching!

by Lisa

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.

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1 Kisha September 25, 2008 at 1:41 am

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 Amber September 25, 2008 at 6:52 am

I’m going to try!!


3 Penny Raine September 25, 2008 at 8:33 am

I love this column, thanks! Now if I can just take a break in between web pages, I don’t watch tv. Maybe set a timer for every 30 minutes ?
blessings, Penny Raine


4 Rosie : ) September 25, 2008 at 11:02 am

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. :)


5 Lisa September 25, 2008 at 11:16 am

Some good ideas! I need to work on that.


6 Maddy September 25, 2008 at 11:19 am

So glad I have TIVO so that I can remain horizontal and avoid the ads! [should that be abs?]


7 Dddiva September 25, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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. ;)


8 Susan September 26, 2008 at 10:53 am

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.


9 Tonya September 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Okay, okay, guilt me into it. I’ll do a little exercise today during nap time while I catch up on a couple of shows.


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