Many of us tend to become less physically active during the fall and winter. It is cold outside, it gets darker earlier, we prefer to stay warm and limit our activities to indoor things. Consciously or unconsciously, we tend to do fewer outdoor activities and we tend to become less active. For many of us, our physical activities are substituted by other activities, such as watching television, sitting at a computer, reading, and/or playing video games.
While this is great for the thumbs, it does little for our heart, muscles, blood pressure and mental well-being.
If you prefer less strenuous activities, you do not need to eliminate physical activities entirely. Every little bit helps. The more you do, the more fit you will become. When spring rolls around, you will be in better shape to enjoy the great outdoors again.
Here are some great ideas while lying on the couch, watching television:
Physical Activities – Exercises During TV Commercials
During every other commercial, do leg raises 30 times, sit-ups 10 times, weight lift 5–10 pounds by slowly bringing the weight over your head— then change the direction by bringing the weights out to the side. Create your own system of weights and alternate the exercises. You do not need to wait for a commercial; you can actually do these exercises while watching the show. Watch one of those exercise shows that demonstrates other exercises you can perform while in front of the television.
On the alternate commercials, get up and do an errand. Anything that gets you up and walking will help. If you have stairs, go up and down a few times during the commercial. At the very least, you should be walking, running, or moving for about five minutes every hour while awake . If you could watch television and pace back and forth, that would be great . For those who have a treadmill, put it in front of the television so you can watch and walk or run at the same time.
Exercises Playing Video Games
These same strategies will work if you play video games, talk endlessly on the telephone while sitting, work at a computer, read or any other leisure activity that distracts your mind from the day to day. For these activities, which do not come with commercials as a timer, you might want to invest in a timer that alerts you to the need to exercise and move about. Set the timer every 15 minutes.
Snack And Water Intake
Do not snack while sitting in front of the television or during some other focused activity. If you must snack, do it during the commercial in the kitchen. Besides limiting the snack time to about three minutes, allowing for less intake, it gets you off the couch enabling physical activities. Remember to drink a few sips of water before and after the snack.
Water helps to fill you up, remove any toxins from your body, remove food residue from your teeth, and water will eventually make you get up from the couch for a bathroom break. People who eat while distracted by another activity tend to eat more; you lose track of the volume of food ingested.