“I don’t have time.”
It’s one of the biggest reasons why we don’t eat healthy or workout on a consistent basis. We’re all busy. Our schedules are jam-packed and we’re all continuously racing from one thing to the next.
I Get It.
I get that it’s hard to carve out 30 minutes or 60 minutes most days of the week to focus on your health. It’s not always easy for me either. But after being in my profession for a few years and talking to so many clients about their schedules, I’ve found a place to easily add in some extra movement.
I’ve realized that almost all of us watch TV each night.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard:
- Don’t watch TV.
- Turn it off.
- TV rots your brain.
- TV is bad for your health.
- It makes you fat.
… and so on.
And look, I’m not here to sell you snake oil. TV can be a really bad thing if you let it be, but the vast majority of us are totally fine. It’s not like you’re sitting at home watching TV when you should be at work or playing with your kids. It’s one of those times you get to stay put and wind down.
Before I share with you how to get fit while watching TV, you should know that I don’t recommend this as your only form of exercise. I don’t believe it should be the only time you focus on you, but it will get you started or at the very least get you moving forward. And that’s always the hardest part!
Here’s How to Get Fit While Watching TV
Let’s say you watch for an hour of TV each night. Most of us watch at least 2, but let’s stick with an hour show for this example.
At the very beginning of the show, at every commercial break, and at the very end of the show, I want you to do some exercises.
During an hour long show you can expect 15 – 20 minutes of actual commercials. Add the pre and post show time to this and you can easily find 25 – 30 minutes of time that you’d normally just be sitting and waiting.
Some people I know focus on a body part or area per time slot and others simply do cardio each time. They’ll do jumping jacks or jog in place at each interval, for example.
Click here for a sample “Commercial Workout Routine” that I’ve used in the past. Keep in mind that if you watch more TV per night then you have even more time to do this.
However, maybe finding time to exercise isn’t your problem. I have a friend that does all of her vegetable chopping during commercial breaks instead. So this isn’t something just workout related. You can also use this time to prep meals, meditate, journal, or do something else that focuses on your health and well-being.
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Josh Davidson, owner of Personal Training Institute of Fort Wayne. I have been involved in health and fitness for over 7 years. I would love to help you start living a healthy lifestyle. You can learn more about my staff and I as well as how we can help you feel better by calling 260-338-2022 or visiting our website here. If you’re looking to start on your fitness journey now, sign up for a free consultation and workout today!