Commercial Exercise Breaks
Did you know that a current 60-minute television show can have up to 18 minutes of ads? That’s like doubled since the 1960’s! so what are you doing during those TV breaks and could you be using that time a little more constructively, such as fitting in more exercise instead of flipping between channels or making another cup of tea. Just think, if you exercised duing the ad breaks while watching TV for 2 hours, it would add up to more than 30 minutes a day! That’s the minimum amount we are always being told we should do per day.
So let the kids look at you like your from another planet and get into it. Whether you choose some cardio, strength or flexibility exercises, you’re getting a lot accomplished Here are some ideas to get you started:
Cardio: Run, march or jog on the spot: do some jumping jacks or my favourite shadow boxing or try some simple kick boxing moves like squats with front kicks or step up and down on a stair or aerobic step. It doesn’t matter what you do or what you look like as long as you are moving and getting your heart rate up.
Strength: Try body weight exercises like lunges, squats, push ups or the plank. Grab your dumbbells or resistance band ore even a bag of rice from the pantry and do some additional upper body exercises – including
ones that you can do while watching your favourite TV show.
Flexibility: After your heart rate is up from cardio or
strength exercises, your muscles are warm and primped for stretching. While sitting, try upper body stretches for the shoulders, biceps and triceps. From a standing position, stretch side to side, bend over to stretch your hamstrings. Sit on the floor with your legs apart and stretch over each leg and to the centre.
Now that’s multi-tasking!