Sarah Coleman: How to exercise while watching TV |

Sarah Coleman: How to exercise while watching TV

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table as Explore's health and fitness contributor.
Joel Reichenberger

— This is officially crazy: You cannot exercise and watch TV.

Exercise and TV do not go hand in hand. The two have nothing in common. In fact, exercise and TV are not even used in the same sentence. They are polar opposites.

Do you sweat when you watch TV? Perhaps, if it’s a frightful horror film. Do you run down the bike path and watch TV? Sure, if you have a handheld TV device. Do you stretch before watching TV? Well, maybe before a big game which would involve jumping on the couch and pacing the stairs.

I encourage you to put TV and exercise into the same sentence with a simple plan that gives a twist on commercials and puts that pep back into your step after a couch potato session. In fact, you may even get to watch more TV now that you have an exercise routine to go along with your favorite show. Below are a few ideas that will jump-start your new TV fitness program.

• Try doing jumping jacks at every commercial. Count your reps and beat that number at each commercial. Food for thought: commercials are longer than the actual show during the course of the program so you many get a pretty good workout.

• Pick any three exercises and do as many rounds of them as you can before your show starts or during the previews of a movie. For example: five jumping lunges, 10 handstand push-ups and 15 squats. Try this for five rounds.

• Pick a character and every time that character says a certain word, do five burpees. For example: Say a character has a crush on another character, every time they say that persons name, you do five burpees.

• When a food commercial comes on, execute 15 push-ups. If they mention a larger size, go big, do 25 push-ups.

• Grab a stability ball and do crunches for two minutes. Yes, you can still see the TV while crunching. Rest 30 seconds and repeat two minutes of crunches until the show is over. Abs of steel guaranteed.

• Make it fun. Wrestle for the remote.

That should get you started. Get creative and have fun. Before you know it, exercise and TV will be in the same sentence at your place. Now you have no excuse to be larger than “Two and Half Men.”

In fact, you may land a spot on “Cougar Town” with your shapely new body. Get back on that couch, turn on that TV and get fit!

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.

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