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Most of us value our TV time -- Heck, I’ll admit it: I love my TV time.

Next time you’re catching up on your nightly shows try this: March in place while the show is on - between commercial sets. I know it seems odd, because you want to watch the show and skip the commercials, but there are usually about 15 engaging minutes of story line between commercials. If you march in place while you're being entertained, you will get a good 15 minutes of marching in place without even noticing it. A 130 pound woman can burn about 192 calories for every half hour of rapidly marching in place. That’s pretty good for watching reruns of Grey’s, don’t you think?

Fit’s Tip: To really challenge yourself (and burn more calories), do intervals of raising your knees as high as you can.


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JessBear JessBear 10 years
I always do that during commercials. I used to jumprope, too, but then we moved to an apartment with reaaaaly thin floors/ceilings, and our downstairs neighbors a meanie-head.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Unfortunately, I only watch TV with other people, so it might getting distracting and/or annoying to them if I'm constantly marching in their periphery!
nurdburd13 nurdburd13 10 years
hmmm, maybe i'll try that or something similar. but i'm sure my boyfriend would totally laugh at me. :)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
suzanne, you don't march in place ON the couch so I think you're okay on the grandkids front.
Melissa-Rae Melissa-Rae 10 years
If I ever work out at home, I do it in front of the tv. :)
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
this is a great idea. i also do leg lifts, squats, and crunches while watching tv - it makes the time fly!
melda melda 10 years
wow i sometimes when i dont have much time to workout do this in instead and i thought maybe its worthless merci!
crone crone 10 years
Does leg lifts do any good? My room-mate did leg lifts all the time,great legs or was it hereditary.
jianna jianna 10 years
only downside of this is that it doesn't work if the roommates are home. :P
rachelattack rachelattack 10 years
Getting moving while watching tv is one of my best tips: I keep a skipping rope near the set, and there's a mat in the living room so I'm always reminded, it never takes much effort to get started. And, a commercial-breaks worth of vigorous skipping feels great.
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
I have an eclipitcal machine in front of our main TV in the lounge room and my mum has her treadmil in her bedroom in front of their TV - I've been too sick with a cold but my aim is to get on the eclipitical machine at night when I'm watching one of my favorite shows - I'll let you know how I go
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Help me out here. I'm always telling the grandkids not to stand on the sofa. How do I explain this one!!! :)
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I totally do this, except I usually do it for the whole show! It's hard for me to find time to exercise sometimes, so I started doing this a little while ago. You don't even realize you're exercising because you're too busy watching the TV.
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