If you haven’t guessed it by now, it takes a lot to get me motivated to workout in any capacity. I always struggled to get my a** up off the couch after a long day of work. Another problem was finding a workout that didn’t feel like punishment. I needed an incentive and one of my favorite things to do when I got home from work was to catch up on my latest Netflix obsession or TV Show.
I am pretty much the queen of binge watching horrible TV shows that my husband hates. Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Switched at Birth, you name it. I really never saw any harm in letting myself indulge in these guilty pleasures.
One day while I was ranting to a friend about how my clothes don’t fit quite right anymore and how I just can’t find the time in my busy life to start working out, she called me on my BS. She asked me to break down my day. She asked me to be very specific about how much time I was spending on my daily activities. It seemed easy enough, so I began to list out my day.
6:00 am – Wake up, Coffee, Shower
6:30am- Hair, Makeup, Get dressed
7:00am- Leave for work
7:30 – 4:30pm- Work
4:30-5:30pm- Sit in traffic
6:00pm- Eat Dinner, Chill out, Do stuff…(I was very vague here.)
11:30pm – Bed time
She then pointed out that I had a whole 6 hours that I was really unclear of. “What do you normally do between getting home from work and bedtime” She asked. My face turned bright red, “TV and Facebook” I replied. Once I realized how much time I was actually spending just cruising the internet and watching crap TV, I started to feel really guilty about not using that time to work out for even 30 minutes.
Going back to my first point, no one likes to workout when it seems like “work”. I decided to get a bit creative with my workout. Incentivizing myself with those TV shows, but with a twist. Anytime I wanted to watch a certain TV show, I would lookup TV-workouts on Pinterest. You would be surprised how many calf raises I had to do in one episode of Scandal. The workouts can be as complex or as simple as you like. For example:
Grey’s Anatomy Workout Plan
- Every time someone gets paged- 30 Mountain Climbers
- Sex on screen or talk of sex- 25 jumping jacks
- Fighting- 10 squats
- Surgery has complications- 30 calf raises
- Commercial Breaks- Plank
The method that has worked for me lately, is my Pretty Little Liars workout.To make this gossipy high school drama a bit less of a guilty pleasure, I have now made it a rule that I am not allowed to watch the show, unless I am actively working out. My favorite thing to do is just kill it on an elliptical for an entire episode. With all of the juicy cliff hangers the show has to offer, it has actually made me want to workout just so I can continue watching. If the episode is super good, I sometimes forget that I am even working out in the first place!
If you have a TV show that would be a candidate for my next workout TV show, let me know!