Originally posted on ElizabethStreet.com.
Family movie night is always a highlight of the week, but as much as we love our ‘tube time, a bucket full of buttery popcorn and gobs of sweet treats leave us feeling less than our best. That’s where fitness guru Heidi Powell comes in. She’s combined our two favorite pastimes–fitness and couch surfing–into an easy, family-friendly home workout you can do together during the commercial breaks.
When you curl up with the kids for a family movie night, Heidi recommends stopping every hour for a five-minute exercise intermission. Here’s a routine the whole family can do together (do each exercise for one entire minute, then move on to the next):
- Jog in place
- Swing ups
- Jumping jacks
- Push ups
- Air squats
Another helpful tip? Substitute that butter-drenched popcorn with a healthier version: Spray a tiny bit of olive oil cooking spray over air-popped popcorn and toss with a little sea salt.
For more at-home exercises, check out Heidi’s living room workout in the ElizabethStreet.com slideshow.