How to combine exercise and telly!
Personal trainer Sara Perry from Renaissance 4 Women is a genius when it comes to fitting exercise into your daily routine. So when I challenged her to combine a spot of fitness with a guilty pleasure we both share (watching The Real Housewives of Orange County), she was more than up to it!
It’s true to say that the way we move and act affects the way we think and feel.
A while back I was really struggling to get off the sofa (especially when Real Housewives was on).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still addicted to Real Housewives (please don’t judge me too harshly) but I no longer curl up under a blanket to watch it (well only occasionally).
Now, when the familiar music starts I use it as a cue get off my bum and start squatting.
Yep – you read that right, for the first 10 minutes of Real Housewives I squat like a loon.
During the adverts (I know the timings to a tee) I get myself a drink and then in the next 10 minute block I lunge.
I do as many as I can, forward, backward and laterally, resting when I need to but making sure I get my heart rate up and my muscles burning.
More adverts and a loo break and then it’s push up time.
Now, while I admit this does mean I end up listening more than watching, it’s ok because the best drama usually happens after this 10 minute block.
And that’s when I finally sit down on the sofa with a brew (made during the last ad break) and relax while the scandal unfolds on screen.
This change in my actions has made a massive difference to my mood and positively impacts on my productivity and emotion in the period before, during and after the programme.
It also means I make sure I get a workout in without feeling like it’s intruding on my day. And that is one of the keys to making fitness a part of your life. Unless you’re a gym bunny who loves exercise you need to find ways of incorporating it in your day.
I look at some simple ways to do this on my Intelligent Fitness For Busy Women workshop. Signup to receive priority notification of the details along with an amazing EXCLUSIVE early bird offer here.
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