EWL Commercial Break Burner!!



Torn between making time for your favorite show and still having enough time to get a work out in? Just combine the two!! The average 2 hour television program has about 36 minutes of commercials. If you simply jog in place at each commercial break of EWL tonight, you will have burned 327 calories by the end of the show! 327 calories is enough to burn off that cup of ice cream you ate last night! Now, I dare YOU to run during every commercial break with me tonight. Come back tomorrow and claim your bragging rights in the comments if you stepped up and jogged during every single commercial! Good luck!!


  1. Felisha - August 25, 2015

    Commercial break challenge, great idea and exercise! I jogged each commercial break and burned 345 calories, which is more than the calories I ate for dinner! Thanks for the challenge!

  2. Lynn Imlay - August 6, 2015

    I am sooo running tonight during the Debates!!!!!! Especialy when Donald Trump starts taking the oxygen out of the air. haha

  3. Tabby - July 16, 2015

    Never thought about this….great idea! I just ordered a new stepper from Amazon and I think I am going to step during commercial breaks! Thanks for this great idea!

  4. Donna - June 1, 2015

    I accept the challenge plus I will do jumping jacks during some commercials. It will not only be your show but all tv shows I watch.

  5. Nicole Huxford - May 27, 2015

    I dragged my mini trampolene out of the closet last night and jogged on it during every commercial except for the first one. Amazing how much longer the commercials seem. LOL

  6. Pam Tehuiotoa - May 27, 2015

    I missed this last night, but I figured this is something I could do with ANY show I watch, right? And…. does jogging on a mini-trampoline count?

  7. patti jo - May 27, 2015

    I earned my bragging rights last night. So pumped!! Great show as always!! Can’t believe I was jogging in place @ 11 pm east coast time! Ready for the next challenge!!!

  8. Cathy Kelley - May 27, 2015

    I did a run/walk combo on the treadmill for 1st hour of the show. Then some TRX exercises during commercial breaks.

  9. tkay - May 26, 2015

    I stepped up got of my booty and did it! My lil pedometer says I managed right at 4500 steps. Found myself pushing every commercial to get in more steps than the last break. Got to get myself back in shape. Thanks Heidi for this challenge it’s what I needed!

  10. Amy Thompson - May 26, 2015

    That was a fun challenge and worked up a sweat!! Hope to do more every week!! Love watching the show and being able to work out “with” them! Love Heidi and Chris!!

  11. Christian wolfe - May 26, 2015

    My wife and I did a different exercise each commercial break.
    Air Squats
    Jog in place
    Lateral shuffle
    Walking Lunges
    Kb lateral shoulder raises
    Sit up
    Karaoke shuffle
    Push ups
    Bear crawls
    Duck walks

  12. Lacey - May 26, 2015

    My TV treadmill trick is brisk walking during the show (so I don’t miss anything) then jogging during commercials! I can only keep going for 3 commercials at a time right now but hope to be able to run the whole commercial break by the end of this EWL season!

  13. Loni - August 20, 2014

    I took your advice and I jumped on my treadmill and started my dvr and turned on extreme weightloss!!! I ran and walked for 1hour on the treadmill.. 600 calories and 4 miles. Fast forwarding thru the commercials almost to the end on the show. Yippie!!! Thank you for always being an inspiration.

  14. Teresa - August 13, 2014

    I ran every commercial break last night, so proud of myself. I normally hate to run but I find the lighter I get the easier it is. I even ran two miles on the treadmill this morning at the gym without stopping. Thanks for the push I needed. You rock.

  15. Jeanne Sproul - August 13, 2014

    I would like to do this next week. I just saw this so I did not do it this week. This will be a goal for me.


  16. Nikita - August 13, 2014

    I forgot to reply last night! With my 15 month old happily trying to run beside me, I ran every commercial break 🙂 normally I do some form (s) of exercise during commercial breaks so this was fun

  17. Patty - August 13, 2014

    Love this! I am so doing this when I watch TV tonight! 🙂

  18. lucy - August 13, 2014

    This was so much fun to do every commercial break I felt so accomplished after. I even got my mom and her boyfriend to do the challenge with me. If a 16 year old can do this so can anyone. <3

  19. Karla Corzatt - August 13, 2014

    I did it! I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep going every single break, but when I saw Sara finish her Marathon, I knew I could do it! And, I feel great this morning!

  20. Angel - August 13, 2014

    I completed the challenge! Every single second of every single commercial. Awesome idea 🙂

  21. Martha - August 12, 2014

    Just how I got my last 1000 steps in for my flex fit bit 10000 steps. Thanks..

  22. MamaCash - August 12, 2014

    Challenge complete!! 🙂

  23. emily - August 12, 2014

    I did it! HR monitor shows 45 minutes (not just 18) of exercise & 348 calories. Wohoo!

  24. Randi - August 12, 2014

    Challenge excepted:)

  25. Donna - August 12, 2014

    I do this and also include some crunches, lunges and squats 🙂

  26. Leslie Fox - August 12, 2014

    Darn it!! I just saw the post after the show was over. I’ll definitely do the challenge next week.

  27. marie - edmonton alberta canada - August 12, 2014

    I am bragging know … loved this challenge!!! Half way thru my 72 yr old dad even started with me!! Thank you Dad for the support!! I plan on using this at least once a week as I do watch one program once a week and that EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS . when the season is done I’ll watch reruns!
    Started Chris’s LC HC plan this week, so far so good!

    Thank you!

  28. Marissa - August 12, 2014

    Which I saw this sooner! The show is almost over here. I’ll do it during the next show! 🙂

  29. Kim - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted but I have to to do it tomorrow when I watch it on demand :o)

  30. Virginie - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!

  31. Amanda - August 12, 2014

    Can we do this next week because I just saw this and have missed over half of the commercial time. I’ll do it next week but I wanna be able to brag!!!

  32. Jana - August 12, 2014

    I m a pe teacher and I have said these exact words to my students.

  33. lucy - August 12, 2014

    Aspiring to be a personal trainer, Challenge accepted! Also going to try to get my mom and her boyfriend to do it as well. 16 years old in good shape going to give it a shot.

  34. renee - August 12, 2014

    Challenge excepted

  35. Ann - August 12, 2014

    Challenge Accepted!!

  36. Cfrater - August 12, 2014

    I’m up for the challenge.

  37. Ann - August 12, 2014

    Challenge Accepted!

  38. Meghan - August 12, 2014

    I kid you not, as I’m watching in my hotel room right now, I’m timing commercials to write a commercial break workout plan for my blog. Then I saw this!! Oh Heidi, ten steps ahead. #stillgonnawriteit 🙂

  39. Jeanette - August 12, 2014

    I’ve done 4 at 4 minutes each. Sweating!!! It’s only 8:47!!

  40. Linda Lawson - August 12, 2014

    I’ll give it a shot…bad knee & all.

  41. Michelle Carter - August 12, 2014

    I will take the challenge.

  42. Blanca Compton - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted! ! This will definitely help me get my 10K steps today and more!!

  43. Bridget P. - August 12, 2014

    I’m usually on my elliptical during the show! 🙂 I am currently on week 9 of the carb cycle schedule in Chris’s book Choose to Lose! I’m loving it and am getting a waist again plus building muscle!

    • Jenn - August 12, 2014

      I just started the carb cycling. I wish I could find people to talk to t:hat are doing it since I am doing this alone.

  44. Dolores Chavarria - August 12, 2014

    I accept the challenge. Great ideal Heidi Powell on these tips on burning calories. Looking forward to the work out.

  45. Gwen - August 12, 2014

    I DVR the shop and watch it on the treadmill (and fast forward commercials:)) but I will take the challenge and jog during commercials of the shows my hubby watches!

  46. Mindy - August 12, 2014

    I worked out before the show started!!! With DVR’s who watches commercials these days!!!! Not me! Can’t wait for the show to start!

  47. Christina - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted…bring it!!!

  48. christina - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted…bring it!!!!

  49. Peanut - August 12, 2014

    Gonna do this!

  50. Michelle - August 12, 2014

    Will be getting it in

  51. Diana Cruz - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!!!!

  52. Virginia Conners - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!

  53. Kim - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted

  54. LLefko - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!

  55. angela - August 12, 2014

    I always either walk/jog in place during the commercials. Love the show

  56. Mindy - August 12, 2014

    I accept the challenge!!!

  57. Gena Clayton - August 12, 2014

    challenge accepted…….can’t wait for tonights episode…….

  58. Marcie Shelton - August 12, 2014

    I except the challenge.

  59. kathi - August 12, 2014

    usually i do arm exercises during the commercials and show tonight i will jog on commercials and arm weights during the show. 🙂

  60. Andrea - August 12, 2014

    Heidi, I don’t understand the 327 calories!! I thought a 150 lbs person burned an average of 100 calories a mile, I can’t imagine that running in place for 18 minutes burns as much. Especially when running 3 miles takes, to most of us, a lot longer than 18 minutes! Can you explain? I will be on the treadmill watching the first hour of EWL tonight! I have been doing that during the last episodes and it is really inspirational, it got me through my long run once -all 8.5 miles of it!

    • Team Powell - August 12, 2014

      This 327 calorie figure was just an example. The exact number of calories you’ll burn depends on your body weight. Happy jogging! 🙂

  61. Sara - August 12, 2014

    Will definitely be doin this tonight

  62. Maureen - August 12, 2014

    I accept that challenge as well!!! Woo hoo

  63. Nancy - August 12, 2014

    I’m gonna give that a try tonight 🙂

  64. Nikita - August 12, 2014

    I love this! I workout during commercial breaks and my children (11 and 1) join along. My husband sits there…I’m going to share this with him because it backs me up! 🙂

  65. Isabelle Bégin - August 12, 2014

    I’ll do it for sure!!!!

  66. Jackie Stoeger - August 12, 2014

    That is a challenge to take. YES I WIL!!

  67. Tammy Lynn - August 12, 2014

    If my eldest requests me at her bedside, I doubt I’ll be able to jog during every commercial break, but I’m willing to try!

  68. Diana - August 12, 2014

    It’s a good idea, but how did you come up with 327 calories?? I usually
    figure about 100 calories a mile, and there’s no way I can jog over 3 miles in 18 minutes.

    • Team Powell - August 12, 2014

      This 327 calorie figure was just an example. The exact number of calories you’ll burn depends on your body weight. Happy jogging! 🙂

  69. Valerie Bugni - August 12, 2014

    Another tip: When you are watching TV and need to use the restroom, always walk/jog to the farthest one from your position. For me, that’s an extra 120 steps round trip!

  70. Rebecca Jo - August 12, 2014

    I just recently started doing this with TV shows after 8pm… I’m constantly getting up moving. Love it!!!

  71. Colleen - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!

  72. melissa - August 12, 2014

    Challenge excepted will be doing tonight

  73. Lisa - August 12, 2014

    Challenge excepted

  74. Danielle - August 12, 2014

    I’m usually so inspired by the show that I HAVE to do some physical activity during the commercials. And sometimes I do whatever exercise y’all are are doing on the show while you do it.
    Thank you for being such wonderfully loving and encouraging people 🙂

  75. MichaelaRae - August 12, 2014

    I often do squats or burpees during commercials, jogging tonight it is!

  76. Jeannie - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!! Thanks!!! I’m always looking for extra ways to burn calories 😉

  77. Michelle - August 12, 2014

    We recently went on a roadtrip across Montana. Hours of driving…literally 3-4 hours at a time. I was getting bummed about not getting a good workout in…until I discovered I could work my abs and core by contracting different muscle groups while just sitting there and driving. LOL

    Workout anytime anywhere. LOL

  78. lexi - August 12, 2014

    Can’t wait to do this during tonight’s episode. You and Chris inspire my boyfriend and I so much. We hope to start a training program locally some day.

  79. tracy - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted! I thought of squats but never did it. I will do this though and see if I can!

  80. Kacie Owen - August 12, 2014

    Challenge accepted!!!

  81. kscotton - August 12, 2014

    Ive actually thought about doing something in between, like lunges or something, this is the only time I get during the week it seems to do anything and I just sit there during commercials waiting for the show to return…my only addiction.

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