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Work Out While You Watch
Fitness
Published Tuesday Aug 28, 2018 by Alissa Rogers

6 Ways to Work Out While You Watch

Cardio
Personal Training

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

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.

 

Crunches

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.

 

Mountain climbers

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.

 

Leg Lifts

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.

 

Wall Sits

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.

 

Push-ups

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

Alissa Rogers
Written by
Alissa Rogers
Senior Copywriter
About the author
At MINDBODY, Alissa works on things like ad campaigns, emails, nurture drips, and direct mail campaigns. A California native, she loves being anywhere near a coast. In her free time, Alissa enjoys In-N-Out and yoga (balance), reading, and taking long walks through every aisle at Target.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.