Why I Think Home Workouts in Front of the TV Work

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…

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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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10 Replies to “Why I Think Home Workouts in Front of the TV Work”

  1. I wish I had time to do a work out in front of the TV. The kid is always interrupting me (about every 2 to 4 minutes). I guess that’s sort of a work out – up and down, repeat x 1 gazillion until he goes to bed. πŸ˜€ Great post, Mel!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Oh boy, that does sound like a workout all in itself, lol πŸ˜‰

  2. I totally agree with you! By the time I get my stuff together, drive to the gym, get the kids settled in the nursery etc…I could have done A 40 minute workout! And we love to work out together. The kids and I play Wii Fit and Just Dance, which we love. It’s bonding time together and a good work out on the side. πŸ™‚
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Exactly! You’ve just given me a great idea for a workout tonight, thanks!

  3. I think the people in the apartments around me would kill me πŸ™
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      LOL! You could always do some ballet? πŸ˜‰

  4. Couldn’t agree with you more and this is exactly how Kevin and I workout usually with the TV on and hanging out in the living room as a family, but one of us just so happens to be riding the stationary bike, lifting weights or doing crunches or more. So, can totally relate to this and am so with you on this one Melanie!!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      That sounds awesome, a stationery bike must be great in front of the TV!

  5. Or during the commercials I could have a snack!

    I do not see a down side to working out in front of the t.v. – if you get the same results than I do see loads of benefits!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha, well…you’d have to walk to the kitchen to get it, right? Guess that’s better than no exercise, LOL. πŸ˜‰

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