Fitness: Exercise During Commercials

Did you know that Americans watch almost three hours of television per day on average, accounting for half of all leisure time? I know I’m definitely a big fan; I have many (probably too many) shows that I keep up with. So, what better way to get in a little extra exercise than during those annoying commercial breaks?

Workout While Watching Tv

And who says you can only do these exercises during commercial breaks? Burn even more calories while you enjoy your shows by continuing your workout after the commercials.

Check out this great article from Lifescript:

Don’t touch that remote! Although we’re trained to flip through channels during commercials or fast-forward through our digitally recorded favorite sitcoms, we’re overlooking a great exercise opportunity.

Commercials tend to run in two-minute segments for the average hour-long show. If you use that time to get off your butt, get your heart rate up, move around the house, and maybe even sweat, you’ll be putting it to much better use than absorbing the details of the ShamWow. 

Can two-minute intervals really help you lose weight? 

Definitely! It turns out you can burn 20 calories in two minutes pretty easily if you get intense about it. Here’s what you can burn during a commercial break: 

Two minutes of sit-ups — 20 calories 
Two minutes of push-ups — 20 calories 
Two minutes of step-ups — 20 calories 
Two minutes of fast stairs — 20 calories 
Two minutes of jumping rope — 20 calories 
Two minutes of shadow boxing — 20 calories 
Two minutes of plyometrics (fast, powerful movements) — 20 calories 
Two minutes of jogging in place — 20 calories 

Get the idea? Twenty calories may not seem like a lot when you consider that you need to burn at least 3,500 calories to lose a pound, but just one hour of watching television could mean more than 100 calories. (And heavier people actually burn more.) 

You know you’re doing it right if you get your heart rate up and feel that slight bead of sweat on your brow as you settle down for the next tribal council.