Watch and Work Out: How To Incorporate Exercise Into Your TV Time

Watch and Work Out: How To Incorporate Exercise Into Your TV Time

Brittney Morgan
Apr 17, 2017
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So you want to fit more fitness time into your day, but you also value your TV time and don't want to miss out on your favorite shows. Rather than sacrifice your relationship with Netflix, why not incorporate some exercise into your watch schedule?

Try swapping out the couch (and by swapping out, we mean more like sliding the coffee table out of the way to make room) and watching from your yoga mat instead. Simple exercises like sit-ups and bicep curls or workouts with resistance bands won't distract from your show, and if you're watching live TV, there are always the commercial breaks to get a little more intense when you don't have to pay attention.

Need some ideas for what to work on while you watch? Try pairing different routines to each show. You can match up your moves to the show's overall vibe, or you can turn it into a game based on what happens in the show. If you're not sure where to start, here are some great routines that have already been created for you.

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Gilmore Girls

Paige at Eyeliner Wings and Pretty Things put together this workout that ties exercises like calf raises and planks to different aspects of the show, like whenever there's a town meeting.

Grey's Anatomy

If Grey's Anatomy is more up your alley, here's another workout challenge from Eyeliner Wings and Pretty things that will get you doing lunges even through all the drama that is bound to occur.

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Parks and Recreation

Along with all the ab work that naturally comes with watching Parks and Recreation (you know, from all the laughter), this workout plan found on Rodale Wellness will have you doing pushups and jumping jacks.

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Jane the Virgin

To get moving to a show that never seems to run out of plot twists, try this workout routine from The Buff Geek—you can work your whole body, or just one body part at a time depending on how intense you want to get with it.

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Bob's Burgers

For another great workout routine that has options depending on how much you want to exercise, turn to this one that's paired up with Bob's Burgers. It's got tricep pushups and backward leg lifts on the menu, courtesy of The Buff Geek.

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Orange is the New Black

Next time you tune in to Orange is the New Black, try doing this workout routine from Total Beauty—it coms complete with squat jumps, tricep dips and jumping jacks to match up to your favorite scenes.

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New Girl

To get your New Girl on while you exercise, try this routine from Total Beauty. It'll definitely make squats and push-ups more entertaining—and you're probably in for a lot of those diagonal climbers.

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