“I don’t have time.”
It’s one of the biggest factors (excuses) we make when talking about why we don’t eat healthy or workout. 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, but after being in my profession for so many 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.
- TV 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.
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.
Here’s How to Get Fit While Watching TV
Let’s say you watch and 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 begging 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.
Keep in mind that if you watch more TV per night then you have even more time to do this.
One last note, I have a friend that does all of her vegetable chopping during commercial breaks. 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:
Lynn Coffey, founder of TheRootLife.com, is massively interested in why humans are the way they are. What makes us do the things we do? What makes us stay in unhealthy patterns? She built this website to share her ideas and views with others seeking to make sense of this world and in that journey… to make this world a happier place.