Good news, for those people who want to watch their weight without watching television. There are things you can still do to workout even if you are a couch potatoes or think your are too busy to find the time to keep fit.
With time being so hard to come by these days, many people are turning to innovative forms of exercise. For example using the stairs rather than the lift at work, parking the cars further away in the car park and even walking while on the phone.
At the same time, however, many people describe themselves as couch potatoes – a major factor to being overweight. Many adults say they have given up working out in order to do other activities, such as watching television, sleeping in, doing household chores or working.
An estimated three in four adults say they would do more exercise if they could fit it into their daily routines and a majority of adults also say they would exercise more often if they could do it at home. And even the non couch potatoes would like to get more exercise, but say they don’t have the time.
It’s important to find time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. So in addition to things such as climbing stairs and parking farther away, there are a number of excellent ways to make your daily tasks opportunities to exercise:
This exercise can be done anywhere you are sitting (except while driving). It shouldn’t be hard to find a somewhere. Simply write the alphabet in the air with each of your feet and ankles. You can do the letters in capitals or lowercase and in any language you would like. Doing this two or three times on each ankle will begin to strengthen the ankle and maintain or improve motion.
Doing the Dishes Neck Circles.
This exercise is easily done while for example washing the dishes. As you are standing at the sink, slowly rotate your neck in a clockwise position, trying to extend the tip of your head out as far as possible. After three or four rotations, repeat the exercise in a counter-clockwise position. Remember, these rotations should be done slowly and in a pain-free range of motion. This will increase the flexibility of your neck.
Remote Wrist Lifts.
This can be done while watching the TV. Simply take the remote control (use the biggest one you have) and, while sitting watching your favorite team or movie (and with your arm pointing toward the TV) aim the remote at the ceiling, moving your wrist only. Hold it there for 10 seconds, then aim it at the floor, again moving only the wrist. Repeat this three to four times during every commercial.
These three ideas are just a few of the ideas from the book “The Couch Potato Workout: 101 Exercises You Can Do At Home!” by Joel M. Press, “The Couch Potato Workout” describes numerous practical and functional exercises people can do to build balance, strength and flexibility as part of their normal daily routine.