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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!
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.