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Health & Wellness Tip of the Week 8/13-8/19/2012

- Posted in Health & Wellness Tips

Exercise During Commercial Breaks


Some half-hour shows can have as many as 12 minutes of commercials. Think of how you can constructively use that time to fit more fitness into your day–instead of flipping between other shows. If you exercised during commercials while watching TV for about 2 hours, it would add up to more than 30 minutes a day!

Whether you choose cardio, flexibility, or strength exercises, you’re getting a lot accomplished! Here are some ideas to get your started:

•Cardio: Run, march or jog in place; jumping jacks or jump rope; try stepping up and down your stairs or aerobics step; march with high knees in front and to the sides.

•Strength: Try body weight exercises like lunges, squats, pushups, and plank. Keep a set of resistance bands in the room to do additional upper body exercises–including ones that you can do while watching your show.

•Flexibility: While sitting, try upper body stretches for the shoulders, biceps, and triceps. From a standing position, stretch side to side, bend over to stretch your hamstrings. Sit on the floor with your legs apart and stretch over each leg and to the center.

Everybody has time to improve the quality of their lives!