What do you do in the evening?
- Do you watch tv?
- Do you read the newspaper?
- Do you catch up with your spouse or kids?
Studies show that the average American watches 5 hours of TV or video on another device each day. During dinner, 66% of Americans report watching TV.
Multi-Tasking for Health
All that time spent in front of the tube is a great time to do something positive for your health. This doesn't mean that you you should never watch your favorite show or put in a movie with a spouse or friend.
Here are 9 simple exercises you can do while watching TV.
9 Simple Exercises
- Move your exercise equipment in front of the TV. If you have a treadmill stuck in the corner doubling as a clothing hanger, now is the time to dust it off and move it right in front of the TV. You can't see around it, so you'll be forced to get on and walk while your favorite shows are on.
- Set up a circuit training route in front of your TV. If your living room is large enough, you can set up "stations" that you go to in order to perform cardio routines while your shows are on. You can jump rope, walk in place, or use equipment like dumbbells, exercise balls or steps to get your heart rate up.
- See how many push-ups you can do during a show or commercial. If you're just starting out, then you might start with commercial push-ups but once you become more adept at exercising, see how many you can do during a half hour or hour long show!
- Do lunges while you walk TV. You can do lunges in place or walking lunges around the room while your shows are on.
- Walk in place as you catch up on your favorite show. Walking in place requires no special equipment and it won't put a strain on your body while you do it. Just march your legs up and down and rest during commercials.
- See how many squats you can do. Squats can be done in place or up against a wall in a sitting position. See how long you can hold it. Can you reach a certain number of squats before the next commercial?
- Become a commercial crunch Queen (or King)! Crunches take less effort than a full sit up, but they help tone your abs a lot better. See how many crunches you can do during commercials or if you're brave- during the length of the show itself!
- Watch exercise shows on TV and move along with them. You don't have to invest in a lot of pricey exercise videos if your budget is strapped. There are tons of free cable channels that have daily exercise shows on them for all levels- beginner through advanced.
- Switch up your exercise routine with your TV watching habits. You don't watch the same TV show over and over every hour, do you? No- you switch it up. Do the same with your exercise routine.