Couch Potato Workout
If your couch potato habits are hindering your weight loss and fitness efforts, then this workout is made especially for you!
I totally get it. The couch can be an inviting place, and once the TV is turned on, there’s no telling how many lazy hours await. But in a single hour of TV watching, there are typically 6 commercial breaks lasting 3 minutes each! If you use them to your advantage, you can turn that lazy hour into an opportunity for exercise.
The Couch Potato Workout
My couch potato workout is geared towards beginners, but it can be used for couch potatoes at all levels of health and fitness. Either way you slice it, this workout offers an opportunity to move your body and get a little closer to your fitness goals.
For each exercise, aim for 10-15 reps or more, until you’ve exhausted your muscles.
Commercial Break #1 – Couch Push-Ups
Facing your couch, get into a push-up position with either your feet or your knees on the floor and your hand shoulder-width apart on the edge of the couch. Engage in a full set of push-ups, bending at your elbows and lowering your chest to the couch before repeating. This one works your chest and triceps.
Commercial Break #2 – Side Couch Crunches
Lie on your left side across your couch with your ankles stacked on top of one another and your knees slightly bent. Holding your right hand behind your head, engage your obliques and bring your right elbow towards your right thigh, and your rib cage towards your hip. Hold for a moment, then repeat and switch sides. This one works your lower back and obliques.
Commercial Break #3 – Couch Squats
Sitting on the edge of your couch, rest your feet on the floor at shoulder-width apart. Without using your arms or upper body, move into a standing position while engaging your legs and butt muscles. Hold your back straight as you lift your body and then lower it back to starting position, before repeating. This one works your legs, butt, and lower back.
Commercial Break #4 – Couch Dips
Sitting on the edge of the couch, place your hands on either side of you, gripping the edge. Extend your legs outward and balance yourself with only your hands on the couch. Bending your elbows, lower yourself as much as possible into a tricep dip. Hold for a moment, lift yourself back to starting position, and repeat. This one works your chest and triceps.
Commercial Break #5 – Couch Crunches with Legs Raised
Lie on the floor in front of the couch with your legs bent and your calves resting on the couch cushion. Engage in crunches by holding your arms crossed over your chest and lifting your chest and shoulders towards the couch. Hold, lower slowly, and repeat, engaging your abs throughout. This one works your core muscles.
Commercial Break #6 – Couch Scissors
Lie on the couch with your back against the cushions. Hold your hands under your butt with palms facing down. Hold both of your legs a few inches above the cushion, engaging your core. Bend your right leg at the hip, holding your knee straight and lifting your foot towards the ceiling perpendicular to your other leg. Hold for a moment, lower slowly, and repeat with your left leg. Alternate between legs. This one works your hamstrings and butt muscles.
The Couch Potato Workout – Final Tips
Working out while watching TV will also keep you out of the kitchen and away from unhealthy snacks! And we all know how bad the couch potato munchies can be.
If you do need a snack, go for something healthy and nutritious like these NOW Almonds. They’re packed full of protein and healthy fats, and they’ll also give your metabolism a major boost!
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