We understand the scenario: it’s the night of your favorite show and your couch is looking a lot more tempting than the workout bench. We have caved in to this situation before and it is totally understandable. Now, imagine killing the proverbial two birds with one stone by squeezing in an effective workout while being able to catch up on your Netflix queue. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, thanks to this quick guide to a few simple, yet efficient exercises that we have put together, you can now opt for a night in with your TV while also getting your fitness on.
SINGLE LEG TOE TOUCH DOWNS: Toe touch downs are one of the most effective exercises to help in the stabilization of your ankles and feet, thus helping prevent injry, and strengthen your entire body. This move is great at strengthening your galutes and hamstrings, which will give you more power while running or hiking. To do this, you must begin standing upright. Place the hand of your standing leg on your hip while you lift your other leg off the ground. Bend and squat to touch your toe with the opposite hand. Make sure your knee stays behind your toe, and try to keep your chest and eyes upright.
BABY COBRA POSE: This yoga move will help you tone up while watching the tube. You can perform this maneuver by lying on your stomach and putting your hands next to your body so your fingertips line up with your chest. Next, press the tops of your feet and your hands into the floor and lift your upper body up. This also helps you keep your eyes on the television, so you don’t miss anything. Keep your elbows in by your body and hold it for 10 seconds.
LATERAL LUNGE: There are always trouble zones that are tough to isolate. Lateral lunges are an exercise that will strengthen your entire lower body, preventing injuries while improving coordination. This exercise also targets the sides of the glutes, which will add definition and long lean muscle.
PLANKS: This is another exercise you can perform during commercials. First, get into push up position with your hands right below your shoulders. Pull your belly button in and put your butt in line with your body. Hold it for 30 seconds and then lower down like you’re doing a push up. A few sets of this will really work on your core.
BOAT POSE: This is another yoga move that will target your core and strengthen it. You can do this exercise by first sitting on the floor with with your knees bent and your hands on the floor next to you. Then slowly lean back onto your tailbone and lift your arms and legs until your calves are lifted at a 45 degree angle to the floor, keeping your back straight. Repeat.