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Published on August 19, 2015

5 Ways to Get Fit While Watching TV

Woman exercising in front of the tv to stay fit

Woman exercising in front of the tv to stay fitYou may have good intentions, but with work, kids and daily responsibilities, it can sometimes be difficult to get to the gym or exercise during the week. According to Michelle Silvey PT DPT OCS, Outpatient Rehabilitation Manager at PIH Health Whittier Hospital, “physical activity is a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Even small, intentional bouts of exercise can be beneficial to prevent weight gain.” The good news is that there are ways to sneak exercise into your daily activities. One great way to incorporate physical activity into your day is to tone up while catching up on your favorite shows on television.  The next time you are watching your favorite television program, increase your activity by incorporating these five tips.

  1. Move your exercise equipment in front of the TV: Be intentional. Place your treadmill, weights or other exercise equipment in front of the television so that you will be more likely to use it.
  2. Utilize the commercial breaks: Use the commercial breaks to practice intense cardio by running in place, doing jumping jacks, squats, or by jumping rope.
  3. Make it a game: Watching sporting events can be a great way to practice interval training. Each time a team gains possession of the ball, do an intense interval. Each time a team scores, do a resistance exercise for 30 seconds.
  4. Incorporate the characters or storyline into your workout: For example, assign an exercise to each of the main characters and every time one of the characters enters the scene, do 10 to 15 repetitions of that exercise. Or, if you are watching an action show, associate specific exercises to different objects (police car, cell phone, etc.).
  5. Use your furniture as equipment: Use your couch to do tricep dips or use your sofa as a bench to support your back while you do chest presses with small weights

It’s never too late to improve your quality of life by developing an active lifestyle. If you have a preexisting injury or would like assistance with proper exercise technique, be sure to consult with your physical therapist before beginning new fitness regimen.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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