commercial break workout plan

Binge! Incorporating Exercise into Your Netflix Habit

Fitting exercise into your busy daily schedule may mean embracing the 21st century

A novel idea- that you could use the timing of a television show to work out incrementally. Most health professionals will recommend that you get at least 2.5 hours of exercise/week and that is on the low end. What they don’t say is that this can be broken up any way you like- 2 minute quick bursts, 10 minute yoga routines or a longer, fuller work out. The important part is that you get the body moving, for the benefit of your brain, bones and body! 

Commercial break workouts integrate with your favorite television show.

That is, assuming you are watching cable TV. However, the concept can also be applied to binge-watching shows on Netflix. When you add it up, a lot of minutes slip by watching commercials that we don’t care about; at Holmes Chiropractic, we say it’s time to put those minutes to work. Here’s how it works: 

Every commercial break or between shows, rotate between push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, lunges, squats and wall sits. Try challenging yourself to plank for at least 30 seconds, or just get into some simple stretching positions such as child’s pose.

How realistic is a commercial break workout plan? 

The answer: as realistic as you make it! Set aside your fears of looking goofy- you are in the comfort of your own home. Besides waylaying the damage of sitting on the couch, you could actually turn TV Time into a boon of health for core muscle groups that will help you keep better posture throughout the day.

Dr. Randall Holmes, D.C.