Exercise while you watch TV

Roshini Gilbert

August 4, 2023

Is your TV time competing with your workout schedule? Don’t fret; you can watch your show and your weight at the same.

TV can even make your workouts go by faster, seeing as how most people need distractions because they don’t like exercise. It may even encourage you to keep coming back, since you’ll start looking forward to TV time on the treadmill. A Netflix survey reveals that 45% of people think they’d be more motivated to exercise if they could simultaneously binge-watch their shows.

Here’s how you can exercise while you watch TV :

Choose an exercise where your head remains steady

If your head is bobbing up and down, you won’t be able to watch the screen. The stationary bike, elliptical or, if you don’t have a very bouncy stride, the treadmill are steady options.

Pick a show that’s the length of your workout

If you just want to improve your fitness levels or burn calories consumed, you only need to do cardio at about 75% of your maximum effort. Keep going for the duration of the show, since the activity isn’t intense enough to justify taking a break after 15 minutes of sweating.

Push yourself in the breaks

Don’t fast forward the commercials, use this time to crank up the intensity of the workout, moving to an easier pace during the show. This kind of interval training is both effective, and fun.

Don’t restrict yourself to cardio

Do squats, lunges, or other body-weight exercises during the commercial breaks. Or try a flexibility workout session, sitting on the floor with an exercise ball and hold stretches while you’re watching.

But do note, screen time only allows for a low intensity workout. If you’re exercising to improve performance, turn the TV off.

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About the Author

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. Currently serving as VP, Fitness & Services, at HealthifyMe, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in postnatal weight loss, exercises for lower back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. As part of her Rehab Trainer certification in Australia, Roshini has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist, Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, she has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest.

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