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Watching TV is a nice way to pass the time, but exactly how much time is passing? You’ve likely experienced that point when even your TV notices how long it’s been, and sends a notification—are you still watching? Yes, streaming site, I know I’ve binged on three seasons of this show in an absurdly short amount of time, but I’m still here!
When it gets to the point of zooming through season after season, maybe it’s time to get active again. Next time you find yourself with a couple of 30-second ad breaks or waiting for another episode to load, try some of these workout moves. (You may not even have to leave your couch.)
Lunges are great to do while you wait because they don’t take up a lot of room and you can face the TV. Put one leg in front of the other and bend your legs, keeping as close to a 90-degree angle as you can. Switch sides after each commercial, episode or whenever you decide. If plain lunges aren’t enough, try putting your back leg on the edge of the couch for more depth.
Six-pack abs while watching ads? Count me in. There are a lot of variations you can do for this one, depending on how much work you want to put in. One simple exercise is to place your feet on the couch with knees bent and lean back until you feel a catch in your abs. From there, put your arms out and lift your torso towards your knees. Keep your core pressed in, then lower back down to starting position. You can also reach both hands to one side of your knees and crunch from there to work the obliques.
For more of a challenge, scoot to the edge of the couch and extend your legs out. Pull your knees into your chest, then release them back out. Use your arms to steady yourself on the couch, or hover them with your legs for even more of a workout.
Use your coffee table or couch to get a little cardio in with mountain climbers. Find a slanted high plank position and hold the edge of the raised surface for support. Bring one knee to your chest, then switch. See how many you can do until your show starts again—then try to beat your record during the next break.
Lie horizontally on the couch—we’ll pretend you weren’t already there—and prop yourself up with your elbow. Lift your top leg and keep your foot flexed as you raise and lower it, never fully touching your other leg each time, then switch sides. If you want to take it further you can lift both legs at once and reach towards your legs for mermaid sit-ups.
What better way to watch your shows than in an invisible chair that makes you visibly tone? Sit with your back parallel to the wall, making sure your knees are at 90-degree angles. Keep your arms out straight in front of you or above your head. Embrace the pain, and think of the gain.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious, try some couch push-ups. Place your feet on the edge of the couch, your hands on the floor and walk them out in front of you. Do some pushups here, then try playing with different arm variations like wide or narrow.
Make your at-home habits a little more productive with these exercises, and try to invent some of your own. If you're more of a boutique fitness junkie, take a break from your TV binge and find a class near you on the MINDBODY app!
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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