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Step Up Your TV Routine

Watching television is just one of the many reasons people exercise less and eat more. And with so many great shows on TV, it's an easy routine to get caught up in. I already told you about my friend that jogs in place during commercial breaks to burn calories, but she's upped the ante even more by exercising during entire shows. Like Buzz, my friend enjoys guilty pleasures like the Real Housewives of New York and Gossip Girl, but now she only watches them if she is being aerobic at the same time.

After weeks of jogging in place, my friend's challenge started to get a little stale. To remedy this, she went out and bought herself a small stair climber ($79). The machine is portable, light, and fits right under her couch. And whenever one of her guilty pleasure shows comes on, she hops right onto it and gets to work! Besides giving her legs a great workout, the machine also has resistance bands attached to it that you can use to work your arms. If you're looking for an easy way to fit some more exercise into your life while at home or in the office, investing in a small piece of cardio equipment might be the answer. The one my friend bought is under $100, and lately she is more motivated to work out than I've ever seen her before. Best of all, there's no reason for her to feel guilty about watching her shows now!

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jessfish25 jessfish25 6 years
This is a great idea. Wish I had more room in my tiny apartment for some workout gear.... well who am I kidding? Would I really use it if I did?? =D ...still, a great idea.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I just have a TV in my exercise room where my elliptical machine is. That way, I can watch my shows while I'm working out.
pamela87 pamela87 6 years
Why should she feel guilty??!! Americans have such a warped sense of pleasure... like it is something that must be quashed at any cost. Sometimes, it's ok to just veg out a little! :-)
pamela87 pamela87 6 years
Why should she feel guilty??!!Americans have such a warped sense of pleasure... like it is something that must be quashed at any cost. Sometimes, it's ok to just veg out a little! :-)
SFCA SFCA 6 years
I bought a tiny stair climber for the same reason- to exercise while watching tv. I have to be honest: it's a total waste of money. Because it's so small, it has a very small range of motion, which got very boring after the second attempt. You're better off doing push ups or sit ups during commercials.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Wow, even though I don't sit down and watch tv very often, I LOVE this mini stairclimber! I might have to invest in one!
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I got a DVR for our exercise room. Much easier to get on the elliptical if I know I can watch something good while I'm exercising.
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