Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.
Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.
I always find myself sucked into TV shows that are repeats or not something I'd normally watch. So when I realize I'm sucked in, I hit the record button for my DVR and step away. This way I know I can watch later if I get my stuff done, but most of the time I just end up deleting it later!
I have an L shaped living/computer room. I always have a light by my birds cage and the tv on all the time when I'm awake and home. When I am on the computer or elsewhere other than in front of the tv I can turn off the light and tv and bring the bird to her play-stand next to me at the computer. She enjoys knowing where I am and I get to save on my electric bill. I even got a "Clapper" with a remote so I can turn the light on before I get to the dark part of the room.
Exercise TV On Demand is a FANTASTIC way to get structured workouts for free! They have all different sorts of exercise, and even some of the most popular ones, like the Jillian Michaels workouts. Even better, they switch them up periodically so you never get bored! I love this because all too often, I've bought DVDs that I thought would be great and ended up hating them, never using them again, and wasting that money. Now it is not a concern!
If I have a day where I get home and I am just beat from the day, I still exercise.
If you're watching a show and get interrupted by the commercials you have a great opportunity to pop off some quick sit ups, push ups, squats or leg raises. By choosing an activity that doesn't require any special tools, you can squeeze in a bit more conditioning that will make a difference week after week.
When I get those evening munchies - those times when I'm watching TV and craving chips or something - I eat unshelled sunflower seeds. I eat them one at a time, and that really seems to fulfill the hand-to-mouth thing, the crunch thing, and it's low cal, low fat and inexpensive!
If you're like us, you may not have cable TV. If you like old shows, and have high speed internet, try hulu.com. Old shows for free. Not to mention that the ads are only 15 seconds long. These are mostly wholesome shows. We all like to kick back now and then. Eh? Enjoy. (Not too much!)
I saw a machine on TV to exercise the neck and the chin. I went and bought a semi hard rubber ball 3 to 4 inches in diameter, place under the chin and press on it for 15 minutes 3 times a week. Great to do while watching TV or just sitting some where.
About a month ago we decided we were fed up with paying a ton for cable TV when all the shows we watch are available for free on the internet (Hulu, etc.). So we canceled our cable, invested $30 in an HD antenna that picks up enough stations for live sports, and rely on Netflix for everything else.
I cover up the display on the machines at the gym in order to focus more on the workout and not the time. Then as I start to feel tired I will peek at the display and realized how much time went by quickly--it helps to focus on music or the tv if there is one.
When I am watching TV, I do some sort of exercise in the commercials; walk in place, bicep curls, squats. This gets me a little extra in at the end of my day, and I don't feel guilty about watching TV instead of exercising...I can do both!
I hate to admit it but I love watching TV on the treadmill. I often extend my workout time to finish watching a program. I also like watching exercise-based programs (Tommy Europe's Last 10 Pounds or Bulging Brides) while I workout. Seeing what a difference ten pounds makes can be quite amazing.
I do not spend 1 penny on cable. I also get to see most every TV show and movie I want for around $15 a month. This is what I do. First, I have a subscription of 1 movie at a time with Netflix which allows me to watch unlimited online movies even on my television.
Many cable companies offer on demand viewing of the latest workouts. I've worked out with the Dallas Cowboy's cheerleaders, Jillian Michaels and this power yoga guy with very impressive form;) Perfect for when you're feeling guilty about skipping the gym or have no membership at all.
I'm one, too. I've made myself a schedule of 1 hour of TV every weekday that I'm only allowed to watch while working out. The key is, that if you stop exercising, you HAVE to turn off the TV. I love my shows so much that I keep going right up unti lthe "Next time on..." is over!
It doesn't matter what you do, just MOVE! I say "anything is better than slouching on the couch" for example: I really like jumping, so I do jumping jacks for about 5-10 minute than I move on to a different exercise.