Fit Tip: Make TV Time Workout Time

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9.30.14MakeTVTimeWorkoutTime.jpgFall TV premiere season is here. Is your favorite show calling your name to the couch? Yep, it happens to the best of us. 

This is the time of the year that people tend to want to cozy up to a blanket instead cozying up to a treadmill. To counteract the 30 minutes that often turns into hours, turn your can’t miss shows into a mini-workout!

Here are three ideas that will get you sweating while watching Scandal, Modern Family, and everything in between:

Watch and Weights
If you don’t owe a set of hand weights, you should. They are an easy way to sneak in strength training at home and take up very little space. Keep a pair next to your sofa that you can break out while channel surfing. Bicep curls, tricep overhead extensions, shoulder raises, and overhead presses are all exercises you can do seated. Do 3 sets of 12 reps of each, and you’re arms will feel it by the time the credits roll!
 
Not-A-Couch-Potato Couch Workout
Did you know that a couch makes for the perfect mini-gym right in your own living room? No other equipment required! While your brain is occupied on entertainment, occupy your body with a little exercise. Try decline push-ups with your feet on the couch and hands on the floor, tricep dips with your palms on the couch, or sets of one-legged lunges with your back foot elevated on, you guessed it, the couch. If you want to get your heart rate up, put your hands on the couch seat and do 30 second intervals of mountain climbers or jacks (feet out, feet together). Calories burned and show watched!
 
Commercial Break Crunch Challenge
During the first commercial break of your favorite show, hit the floor and count how many crunches you can do until your show comes back on. During one of the last breaks, do the same thing, but aim to beat your previous score. We promise your abs will be sufficiently worked and the commercial breaks will fly by!
 
Happy (active) TV time!
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