Most of us spend more time in front of the TV than we’d like to admit. We have shows we watch every week, and shows we binge. While TV time is fun, all that sitting is bad for your body and for your overall health. Instead of staying on the couch, why not use some of your TV time to work out? There are tons of exercises you can do in your living room, all without missing a second of your favorite show. These 8 exercises you can do while watching TV will help you burn calories, build muscle, and improve your overall health.
8 Exercises You Can Do While Watching TV
Squats are powerful calorie-burning exercises. Whether you prefer sumo squats, jump squats, split squats, or standard squats, you’ll feel a leg and booty burn.
Put a small step stool or chair in front of the tube and work your legs. You can hold dumbbells for an extra challenge.
3. High knees
High knees are a great cardio move. Run in place and bring your knees up high. Don’t forget to breathe!
4. Jump rope
Jump rope is another cardio move that you can do while watching TV. If you have an actual jump rope, great, but if not, you can jump up and down, keep your arms by your sides, and move your hands the way you would if you were holding a jump rope.
5. Tricep dips
Place your hands at the edge of a chair (or the couch) and walk your legs out until they’re at a 90 degree angle. Bend your elbows to dip, and then come up and straighten them.
6. Bicep curls
If you have dumbbells at home, try some bicep curls. Make sure you’re really working your biceps and not getting your shoulders involved. If you want to work your legs and abs at the same time, try bicep curls while standing on one leg. Do one set on each leg.
7. Wood choppers
Standing ab moves target your transverse abdominal muscle. You can use a medicine ball or dumbbell for wood choppers, or even a full water bottle.
8. Russian twists
Russian twists also target your obliques. You can raise your legs up to a 90 degree angle or keep your feet on the ground. You can hold a dumbbell or medicine ball for an added challenge. Make sure you’re twisting from your abs and not your hips.
If you find it hard to concentrate during at at-home workout, these 10 Tips to Stay Focused While Working Out at Home will help.