5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Watching TV

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Lose weight watching television

Couch potatoes lose a prime time opportunity to burn fat and calories when they gawk at small screen shows such as True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Glee. But the boob tube doesn’t have to be a complete time waster. With some creativity, anyone can transform the electronic beast into a spectacular private personal trainer. It’s easy to lose weight watching your favorite shows.

Here are five ways to get fit and healthy watching television!

  1. Pervert Drinking Games
    This idea came to me one dreary winter. I was watching an old episode of SNL with a skit about drinking games. It got me to thinking, why not exercise instead of drink? I decided to replace shots of tequila with healthy push-ups. That got boring, so added other, favorite calisthenic exercises to the mix. Glee is a terrific show for this game. Here are some excellent exercises I use to replace the booze.

    • Mountain Climbers, Plank Jacks
    • Old School Push-Ups, Walking Push-Ups, Crow Push-Ups
    • Sit-Ups, Ab Raises, Leg Lifts
    • Punch in Place, Jog Punch in Place
    • Jumping Jacks
    • Plank
  2. Watch Workout Videos such as Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.
    Yes, that is a totally cheap one. These workouts are awesome.  I do the 30 Day Shred on my “off” days. Jillian offers easy and hard options for each workout. She keeps it interesting by mixing up the intervals, giving 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, and 1 minute abs. The hard workouts kick my butt. Even Level 2 and 3 in easy mode are challenging. I love these workouts and have been doing them faithfully for over a year. They’re only twenty minutes and they deliver a great burn! Jillian’s program leads to a well sculpted body that both of you will love. I have done them so much, that I create a routine on the fly in a hotel room.
  3. Exercise during commercial/ act breaks.
    OK that was another cheap one. But it works. Since most TV series have 3 acts, there are 3 opportunities to workout during a show. I simply exercised during the commercial breaks. I had to get a little creative when we got a DVR. but not really, I simply exercised before I hit fast forward.
  4. Play Trashketball (Yes mister snooty linguist I am aware that the proper usage should be trash-ball, but no one is addicted to chocohol either. Trashketball sounds better.)
    I put a trash container at the other end of the room. I crinkle up some paper. Then I toss the paper at the container or at my wife when I really want to get a workout. I stand up and walk when I miss a trashket. One time, I made 7 trashkets in a row; so, I just shut my eyes before each throw. Trashetball gets me through the dark cold winter nights, which is why I’m posting it in the summer.
  5. Pay per view / Exercise Toll
    Sometimes I charge myself an exercise toll for each show. For example, 20 sit-ups and ten push-ups for Game of Thrones. I pay the toll before watching, then again after the show is finished. Now that we have stairs. I’ll walk the distance up and down them three times before and after 30 minute shows.
I don’t use these tricks to replace a real workouts (except #2). I use them to burn some extra calories and to remind myself to stay healthy and fit.
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