Several articles lately have addressed the idea of using the time afforded by commercial breaks to exercise. Could this possibly be the answer for people who have good intensions but no time to exercise? It piqued my interest to say the least. I have already been doing my 15 minute oxycise routine during commercial breaks, but doing something a little more physical sounds like a good idea too.
Many Americans, even busy Americans, spend 4 hours a day in front of the television set. Unless you are crocheting an afghan or writing the great American novel during the 12-15 minutes delegated to advertising, you are letting some perfectly good minutes get away from you. Well, someone has written a book about this thought provoking subject and a very good book it is. “The Commercial Break Workout” by Linda J. Buch and Seth Anne Snider-Copley tell us how use these precious moments to jump start a fitness program.
If you could find a fitness program that called for no special equipment and could be done while you are watching a favorite television program, would you do it? It doesn’t take very many commercial breaks for you to accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity. Yes, the experts now agree that a number of mini sessions do just as much good as an equivalent amount of time at the gym.
You know that exercise is good for you. So, do you think you could at least consider doing a few crunches while sprawled in front of the television? This is one book that should never gather dust. Keep it on the coffee table, at the very least it will be a great conversation piece. It will also serve as a constant reminder to you to get off the couch.
Most commercial breaks are 2 ½ minutes or more long (it does seem like they get longer all of the time doesn’t it?). Each half hour will give you 10-12 minutes, which means that if you watch television in the evenings you could actually log 30-60 minutes of exercise. Now that is a good workout!
The book divides the exercises up into different categories. The chapters include exercises ranging from beginner to advanced (this is not a piece of cake so don’t pooh pooh the idea and feel that it is a waste of time). The book has plenty of pictures so that you really can’t do any of them wrong. The exercises range from very easy versions to very difficult ones. You will find stretching and flexibility exercises. You will find chest, back, shoulder and arm exercises. You will find leg exercises, butt and guts exercises, and cardiovascular exercises and they even give you some sample routines. The sample programs tell you what to do during each commercial so you won’t have indecision to use as an excuse. You know ahead of time that you are going to do a few balance postures and march in place during the first commercial, stretch during the second commercial, and so on. Beginner, intermediate or advanced, there is a program for you. Oh, and if you want to use resistance bands, balls, heart monitors and dumb bells go for it! This could be the best book in your library.