Good news for couch potatoes! You don’t have to give up watching your favorite programs to lose weight and get into shape. You just have to get off the couch while you’re watching.
Exercising while watching TV has many benefits. You save time, because you are doing two things at once that you would otherwise do separately. You save money because you don’t need expensive equipment or gym memberships. Moreover, you take the tedium out of exercising because your mind has something else to think about.
The more television you watch, the better. If you watch TV every evening, then every evening becomes an opportunity to get more exercise and lose more weight. Here are three ways to do it:
1. Dance With the Dance Shows
You can have a dance studio right in your own living room. Just turn on a dance show like Dancing With the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, and dance along. Be inspired by what you are watching, but don’t try to imitate every step the dancers take. That would be impossible, as the dancers have been practicing their routines every day, all day long, for the past week. Just pick out a few steps or movements that you like and repeat them. Or dance freestyle, doing your own thing. Pretend you’re on the dance floor at a swank club, and the two people dancing next to you just happen to be wearing the wildest outfits you’ve ever seen.
2. Do Aerobics With the Singing Shows
You don’t need to go to the gym to perform an aerobics routine. Do aerobics the easy way by using four basic steps: walking in place, stepping from side to side, kicking your legs back, and raising your knees. Put on a singing show like American Idol or The X-Factor and move to the music. Increase the intensity by moving faster and raising your arms above your head. Decrease intensity by slowing down and keeping your arms low. Keep moving continuously throughout your session, even when the judges are talking, for the maximum aerobic benefits. If you disagree with the judges, pretend you’re boxing, and aim a punch their way – that’s great aerobic exercise too.
3. March in Place to Any Show
You don’t have to watch a show with music or dancing to get up and move. You can always march in place while watching any of your favorite dramas, comedies, soap operas, reality shows, or news programs. To increase the intensity of the exercise and the amount of fat that you burn, lift your knees higher, march faster, make your arm movements larger, and raise your arms higher. Do the opposite to decrease intensity if you get tired or want to pace yourself for a long session.
Use Television Programs to Time Yourself
Exercising while watching television gives you an automatic way to time your exercise session. Simply decide if you want to exercise a half-hour or a full hour, and then do your exercise session during a show that lasts the length that you choose. By not stopping until the show is over, you will ensure that you meet your daily exercise goal. Doing aerobic exercise, such as dancing and marching in place, for at least a half an hour a day is a great way to burn fat and to look and feel fantastic.