Since I started working from home, I froze my gym membership for 6 months to save some money and started home workouts instead.
I’ve been doing them for the past nine months and I actually prefer it to going to the gym for loads of reasons.
No traffic, no having to get changed in gym gear, no locker rooms, no waiting for a treadmill to open up…The list is endless.
I wrote an article on All4Women last month about finding time and doing quick workouts in front of the TV. Someone commented on Facebook that my opening sentence was a major contradiction because if you can’t find the time to workout, then you shouldn’t have time to watch TV.
I don’t really agree with that comment at all, and here’s why.
When I think of home workouts, I don’t necessarily think of doing it alone…
The beauty about exercising at home is that you can get your partner, a friend, or the whole family involved.
My husband and I used to have workout trials and contests with the Kinect Personal Trainer game. It was so much fun. I also have a blogger friend, Stacy Harris, who often does dance workouts and gets her kids and husband involved.
It’s a lot of fun.
So in the case of watching your favourite TV show together as a family or with your partner – say you’re big Survivor fans – then you can get a triple benefit from watching TV and working out at the same time because…
- You’re spending quality time together
- You’re watching something you enjoy – so you’re relaxing
- You’re getting in some exercise
All of this in the space of about an hour or less. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
I don’t see the downside.
You can have mini competitions during commercial breaks to see who can do the most push-ups, squats, lunges, or sit-ups.
During the show, you can jog on the spot for a minute or two, do a few jumping jacks and some punching moves, and then sit down to enjoy the majority of the show.
Home workouts are about having fun.
You shouldn’t have to choose to delegate time for one activity alone. If you can manage to combine two and have some fun at the same time, then why not?
Health and happiness…
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