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Watching TV is a nice way to pass the time, but exactly how much time is passing? You’ve likely experienced that point when even your TV notices how long it’s been, and sends a notification—are you still watching? Yes, streaming site, I know I’ve binged on three seasons of this show in an absurdly short amount of time, but I’m still here!
When it gets to the point of zooming through season after season, maybe it’s time to get active again. Next time you find yourself with a couple of 30-second ad breaks or waiting for another episode to load, try some of these workout moves. (You may not even have to leave your couch.)
Lunges are great to do while you wait because they don’t take up a lot of room and you can face the TV. Put one leg in front of the other and bend your legs, keeping as close to a 90-degree angle as you can. Switch sides after each commercial, episode or whenever you decide. If plain lunges aren’t enough, try putting your back leg on the edge of the couch for more depth.
Six-pack abs while watching ads? Count me in. There are a lot of variations you can do for this one, depending on how much work you want to put in. One simple exercise is to place your feet on the couch with knees bent and lean back until you feel a catch in your abs. From there, put your arms out and lift your torso towards your knees. Keep your core pressed in, then lower back down to starting position. You can also reach both hands to one side of your knees and crunch from there to work the obliques.
For more of a challenge, scoot to the edge of the couch and extend your legs out. Pull your knees into your chest, then release them back out. Use your arms to steady yourself on the couch, or hover them with your legs for even more of a workout.
Use your coffee table or couch to get a little cardio in with mountain climbers. Find a slanted high plank position and hold the edge of the raised surface for support. Bring one knee to your chest, then switch. See how many you can do until your show starts again—then try to beat your record during the next break.
Lie horizontally on the couch—we’ll pretend you weren’t already there—and prop yourself up with your elbow. Lift your top leg and keep your foot flexed as you raise and lower it, never fully touching your other leg each time, then switch sides. If you want to take it further you can lift both legs at once and reach towards your legs for mermaid sit-ups.
What better way to watch your shows than in an invisible chair that makes you visibly tone? Sit with your back parallel to the wall, making sure your knees are at 90-degree angles. Keep your arms out straight in front of you or above your head. Embrace the pain, and think of the gain.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious, try some couch push-ups. Place your feet on the edge of the couch, your hands on the floor and walk them out in front of you. Do some pushups here, then try playing with different arm variations like wide or narrow.
Make your at-home habits a little more productive with these exercises, and try to invent some of your own. If you're more of a boutique fitness junkie, take a break from your TV binge and find a class near you on the MINDBODY app!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.