Fitness Tip of the Week #24 Happy New Year, Now get Moving

Hey everybody and Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s 2010! The tip for this week is one I am basing off of some personal experience from this past week. I hope you find this simple tip as practical as I did.

This past week for me was all about relaxing and watching mostly football. On Sunday, I watched 2 straight games, which means about 5 hours of TV. Another thing I did this week was register to run at my first indoor track meet of the season 2 weeks from now, so now is not a particularly good time for me to sit on a couch 5 straight hours. In order to fill my football cravings and get in some good training, I just combined the two. Instead of sitting on the couch while watching the games, I sat on the floor and did various hip activation exercises and stretches to get my body loose and warmed up, then during each commercial break, I ran outside and did 2 sprints, up and down my driveway (which is a solid 40 yard dash). Do that every commercial break for 2 whole football games and you can get in over 50 sprints. Not a bad way to train for a Sunday afternoon. My legs were pretty sore the next day too.

You don’t necessarily have to go sprint, but I would challenge you to take commercial breaks to get up and do some physical activity, depending on what your goals are. If you are a runner, go do some quick strides. If you want to build strength, do some pushups, then stretch back out while watching you show. Get in some sit-ups or crunches if you want to work your abs. The toughest part is to be disciplined enough to do it, rather than go grab the chips or ice cream during the break. Plus, why just sit there anyways? How many times do we really need to hear how we can save money on our car insurance by switching to Geico?

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