Americans are often accused of wasting an average of five hours a day watching television.
There is no question that television viewing is a common choice for relaxing at the end of a busy day. In my last article, I shared some easy stretches you could include during your television viewing to turn your viewing time into something truly relaxing and healthy. Today we’ll take a look at some movements you can include for some strengthening. You won’t even have to get up!
Are your feet propped up on the table in front of you? Or are you reclined in your favorite easy chair? You’re in the perfect position to strengthen your core. Tighten the muscles in your abdomen, keep your legs straight and lift your feet until they are just an inch above the surface of your table or foot recliner. Hold that position for several counts and return your legs to a resting position.
Keep working on your core by alternating legs. Lift one leg until it leaves the surface of your table or leg rest. Bring it back down and lift the other leg. The key to this movement is to keep your stomach muscles tight. You should not be rolling from side to side or rocking on your hips. The only movement should be your leg lifting slightly upwards.
One last exercise for your core is to bend both knees up to your chest and then straighten your legs back out in front of you. It will be easier to do this if you are leaning slightly back and can hold onto your couch or chair for stability. Don’t forget to keep those stomach muscles engaged. They are the key to your body’s strength.
Don’t underestimate the value of sitting up straight as you watch your show. Use your abdominal muscles to sit as tall as you can in your chair or sofa. You will feel a light burn in your stomach area indicating that you are properly engaging your muscles. Hold this position for as long as you comfortably can.
Repeat these simple exercises often as you watch your favorite program and you will be strengthening the core muscles of your body. Over time you’ll begin to notice that your posture is improving and your back has less pain at the end of the day. And it all happened while watching TV.
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