January 13, 2020
Couch potato no more with these hacks for staying in shape while watching TV.
The start of a new year prompts a resolve for many to work off the holiday calories and get fit. According to Statista, 65% of people surveyed in 2019 had 'exercise more' as one of their resolutions. While the intent is strong come January 1, it can be hard to maintain that dedication as a new year gets underway.
If you fall into the group of people who are interested in exercising more, there are some creative ways that you can achieve your overall fitness goals and turn those resolutions into habits. Of course, there are lots of fancy machines on the market and expensive gym memberships you can purchase, but if you want to save time and money, there are plenty of great ways to get in shape using just your TV.
The most obvious is to access the on demand fitness programming that is available to all Cox Contour TV subscribers. For even more specialized content taught by world-class teachers, try Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga. Access to these classes is just $6.99/month, which is substantially cheaper than any gym membership and enables you to workout in the comfort of your own home.
While you're watching your favorites on TV, instead of fast-forwarding through commercials, use them as an opportunity to take a fitness break. You have approximately 2-3 minutes of workout time every commercial break, giving you a chance to load up on pushups, squats, sit-ups, tricep dips, jumping jacks, whatever you prefer. You can spend one break focusing on one exercise or mixing it up for a mini bootcamp. It's amazing how easy it is to get the heart pumping, and after an hour or so of TV, the commercial fitness breaks will add up to a nice workout.
Lastly, there is something to be said for a spontaneous dance party. Whether your jam is rock, hip hop, or dance party classics, there are many options on Contour to choose from whether it's Music Choice, iHeartRadio or Pandora. Simply use your voice remote to launch your favorite app, and bee-bop away to get that blood flowing. Even better if there are other people you can add to your impromptu workout.
Keeping fit in the new year can certainly be achieved. With a little creativity and commitment, this can be a resolution you keep all year long.