Monday, August 29, 2016

Watching TV can be good for your health!

Ok, so now that I have your attention,
who says you have to watch TV sitting down?

Oh, no...here comes The Perfect Storm: 

  • The summer sunny hours are slipping away. 
  • Rainy season is on its way (well, in CA we hope so!). 
  • Sports season is coming: baseball playoffs, football, hockey (Go Sharks!), etc.
  • New seasons of our favorite TV shows are coming. 
These events can really take a toll on our outdoor exercise programs, 
BUT, there is a way to stay on track.
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Exercise while you watch!  

If you are lucky enough to have a gym membership, then stay on track and keep it up! However, for those of us who do most of our exercise outdoors, Fall and Winter can be tricky times of year.

The GOOD news: We can still exercise indoors on rainy days or dark evenings while we catch up on our favorite sports teams, reality shows, sit-coms, or dramas. Old School core exercises and calisthenics are very popular. Think "Rocky Balboa": push-ups, sit-ups, dumbbells, and jump rope and you've got the makings of a great indoor workout.

Here are some fun exercise ideas you can do while watching TV.
Get off the couch and go for it! 

  • Enjoy "Dancing with the Stars"? or "The Voice"? Well, get up and dance or jump rope to the music!
  • Instead of using the DVR to skip commercials, do sit-ups, push-ups, squats, or jump rope during the 2-minute commercial breaks of your fav shows.
  • Is your weekend filled with watching college or pro football? Do 100 jumping jacks for every touchdown, 10 push-ups for every field goal, and 10 sit-ups for every first down! Or design your own combination of exercises.
  • You can do similar exercises during hockey or basketball games: perform jumping jacks or jump rope during power plays, do sit-ups and push-ups for every goal, and do squats for every point scored in basketball. You get the idea!
  • If you own dumbbells or kettle bells, you can also do sets of these during commercials or during games. 
  • Put your stationary bike or other indoor exercise machine in front of the TV and workout while you watch! 

Every little bit of exercise helps, so utilize these times to exercise, improve your health, and keep yourself fit!

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