3 Exercises to Try When Watching TV

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We all know how tempting it is to curl up at the end of the day and just plant yourself in front of the television. After a long day at work where nothing seems to go right, few people could blame you for taking some time to yourself. But as satisfying as it can be, it's not a very good choice if you want to promote a more active lifestyle. If you're going to watch your favorite shows or movies, you might as well burn a few calories while you're at it. 

Wall Sit 

The wall sit is perfect for viewing because you're essentially acting as your own chair. 'Sit' down against the wall and use only your legs and core for your support. You will start to feel the burn immediately with this exercise, and it can be a difficult one to hold. However, it's also one of the most effective ways to strengthen your body and to shed some of those extra holiday calories. 

Jumping Jacks 

Jumping jacks are a childhood favorite that can instantly get your blood pumping. Instead of turning up the heat a few notches, try doing 20 jumping jacks in the middle of a commercial break. This achievable goal will hopefully make you rise up again and again during all those sponsored ads. 

Planks 

If you spend a lot of time in a chair or you're prone to lower back, planks are definitely for you. This is a strengthening exercise that involves holding your body up in a straight position with just your forearms and the tips of your toes. Start with holding yourself for 15 seconds and work your way up to a minute or more. Planks are a little harder to do while watching television (because you typically keep your head down), but they're also a fast enough exercise that you won't miss much. 

Phoenix, AZ apartments are a great place to get some exercises done, even if you don't have expensive exercise equipment or workout clothes. If you're looking for an apartment complex that focuses on wellness as much as you do, consider touring the Element Deer Valley. With our sparkling pools and interactive fitness facility, you get everything you need to stay fit.

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