Posted: Jan 24 2017
After a long day of work, it's so tempting to sit on the couch and tune into your guilty TV pleasures (hello reality TV!). But rather than bringing out the chips and dip, try to do something productive that will move different parts of your body while burning calories at the same time! So the next time your favorite TV show goes on commercial break, try these 5 easy exercise moves.
Standing in front of your couch, hip-width apart, place your right leg back onto the couch. Make sure your hips are squared and your shoulders are over your hips. Inhale and bend your left knee to 90 degrees. Exhale and drive through the heel of your left leg. Repeat on both sides 15x.
Stand and place feet shoulder-width apart. For balance, extend hands straight in front of you or place hands behind your head. Sit back down as if you're going to sit in a chair and lower your thighs so that they are parallel to the ground. Press your weight back into your heels and make sure your knees are above your ankles. Push through your heels to bring yourself into the standing position. Repeat 10x for 3 rounds.
Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Cross arms and place hands on opposite shoulders. With your knees bent and toes flat on the ground, lift your head, followed by your shoulder blades until you are in a full sit-up position. Hold for a few seconds before lying back down on your back. Repeat as many as you can.
Get into push-up position, with your hands below your shoulders. Keep your belly button pulled in, keep your back flat, and prevent your bottom from sticking up. Hold as long as you can, but aim for 20 to 30 seconds in the beginning. Try holding it for a minute if you can! Lower down to rest and repeat 3x.
Sitting on your couch or a stable chair, place your hands shoulder-width apart on it. Lift your body and walk feet out until your knees are directly above your heels. Blend elbows to about 90 degrees and then lower hips towards the floor. Press your body back up by extending your elbows. Try doing 10 reps of 3 sets.