If you’re like me, you have a laundry list of things to do and very little time to do it. I accomplish this through multitasking, and two of the main tasks I combine are exercising and watching TV. This may seem like an odd combination to you, but it can be a great use of your time.
One of the first questions you may have is “What about safety”? Good question, and that’s why we’re doing cardio workouts and not lifting weights. Many of the below workouts don’t require a lot of attention and can be combined when getting in your latest episode of Justified. Before beginning, always make sure to stretch!
Jog In Place
Jogging in place is about as simple as it gets and is great for beginners. Make sure you wear athletic shoes, and keep water nearby. If you’re a beginner, start with jogging in 2 or 3 minute intervals, and increase it gradually each week.
This isn’t just for your gym class! Jumping rope is not only a great cardio exercise, but it’s also very fun. If you haven’t done it in a while, it’ll take some time to master, but once you do you’ll realize how much of a workout it is.
Another classic, jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart pumping and I use them before most workouts. It may take a while to get your rhythm going, but that’s ok. Start with intervals of 5 to 10 and work your way up from there.
Is there nothing good on TV? Turn it to a music channel and dance! Not only is dancing a great way to get a cardio workout, but it does wonders for the soul. It’s also a great way to let loose without feeling self consious.
Treadmills are very popular because of they’re easy to use. Most people know how to walk or run, and a treadmill is a great way to bring this exercise indoors. Treadmills target your legs while giving you a great cardio workout.
Stationary and recumbent exercise bikes are also popular fitness machines. All of them work your legs, and there are some that work your arms as well.
This last set of tips will give you some final ideas to think about as you start your exercise routine.
If you’re still overwhelmed at the aspect of exercising during your favorite TV show, try exercising just during commercials. Most shows have 3 or 4 commercials, so pick 3 or 4 exercises and do one per commercial break.
A stability ball is an oversized inflated ball that’s sturdy enough to sit on. Instead of sitting on the couch to do the exercises in this ebook, try sitting on a stability ball to do them. It will add an edge to the exercises, and help with your balance.
Stop if it Hurts
Exercising isn’t supposed to hurt. It’s very important that with any exercise, if it’s hurting, stop immediately. You could be hurting your body more than you know. If the pain persists, go see your doctor.
Breathe & Relax
With all exercises, don’t forget to breathe. Holding your breath makes it harder to exercise, and could even cause injury.