The Couch Potato Workout; Get in 18-20 Minutes of Exercise While Watching TV

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“I just don’t have time.”

It’s one of the most common excuses for not working out.

Fitness pros Chris and Heidi Powell have come up with what they call a couch potato workout. It’s made up of body-weight exercises and you do it during the commercial breaks while watching your favorite TV shows.

The Powells showed 3TV’s Scott Pasmore exactly how it’s done, explaining that you can get in a good 18 to 20 minutes of exercise during a one-hour show. Basically you rotate the exercises through each commercial in the break. That’s 30 seconds to a minute per exercise until your show comes back.

“Forget the gym,” Chris said. “I’m telling you, this is a great workout.”

Heidi agreed, saying these “old-school” (Chris’ description)? body-weight exercises are the ones she does when ever she has a spare five minutes.


5 Responses

  1. I love your tips and tricks to staying fit. You’re the first page I read in the morning, and I absolutely love every little thing you share. Thanks so much for being you, for being such a bright little light of hope when everyone around you are doubters. I hear you and Chris in my mind when I work out… You can do this… and I will… Stay true and never change <3 U Both!! ~

  2. Sounds great but I’m sure few people take action. I think the best way for somebody to see results in the beginning is set appointments with a trainer to get motivated.

    1. trainers are not the only way to have motivation. I have been losing weight and doing work outs on my own now for a while now. there are many ways for people to stay motivated: a work out buddy, online forums, apps, work out videos they enjoy, finding a hobby they like such as biking or hiking etc. your remark is putting limits on people.

  3. I have a problem staying committed do you have any suggestions. I have a 3 year old and bilateral pulmonary embolisms what to do.

    1. Ruby: Here’s a great suggestion to help you stay committed. Make and keep a small, simple promise to yourself every day. This is a key step in any transformation, and it’s the first step Chris and Heidi take with every client. Learn about the process here: You can totally do this! 🙂

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