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Lose weight while watching TV

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Lose weight while watching TV

Lose weight while watching TV? I know it sounds ridiculous, but it all comes down to simple lifestyle changes.  Americans, in particular, have become accustomed to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. While there are many contributing factors, viewing television is the number one culprit so it would be wise to start at the top.

According to the A. C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches in excess of 4 hrs of television per day. With roughly 30% of programming consisting of advertising, this would mean that the average American has 72 free minutes to do something, anything… other than sit on the couch. Even if you only watch a couple of shows per night, that means that you have 27 minutes a day to improve your general health and well being by simply sliding off the couch during commercial breaks.

Make this commitment to yourself. During every commercial break, slide off the couch and into the floor. Do push-ups for your chest, leg-lifts for your tummy, etc. You can easily research different exercises to work out different parts of your body, but just do them. To cut down on your sedentary time searching for exercises on the web, here are a few for you:

Chest: Push-ups…for beginners start face down, ankles interlocked with your knees on the floor, arms outstretched before you about shoulder width apart. In a slow, controlled motion, lower your bodies until your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle, then extend your arms, raising your body back up. As these become easier, try them with your legs extended toes on the floor.

Tummy: The Bicycle…lie flat on your back with your legs extended and raised about 3 inches off the floor. In a slow, controlled motion, raise one knee towards your chest, allowing your knee to bend to a 90-degree angle. As you lower that leg to the starting position, raise the other in the same manner…as if you were peddling a bicycle.

Butt: Leg Kicks…Start by facing the floor, knees and palms on the ground with your arms extended. In a slow, controlled motion, raise one leg behind you, knee still bent, pointing your toes towards the ceiling. Raise to the point of comfort, then lower and repeat 5 times. Repeat with the other leg and alternate throughout the commercial break.

Remember this: You can isolate muscle, not fat. Performing exercises to isolate a certain area, such as curls for your arms, tones the muscle you are isolating while it burns fat from your entire body. So be sure and develop a routine that includes several different exercises devoted to your entire body, not just your “problem area”.

If you commit to doing this for a week, it will become a habit and you will be getting the exercise you always thought you didn’t have time for. Above all else, think of this article the next time you are watching a commercial…