Love TV? Binge-Watch Your Way to FitnessJessica Cohen
What gets you through a workout? Is it music? Is it watching TV? At the gym my friend belongs to, they have a movie room where you can spin on a bike or hit the treadmill while watching a movie in the dark on the big screen. It is a really neat concept as the movie becomes the distraction, and gives her something to focus on during her workout other than the monotony. She works out super early in the morning too, and feels like being in that dark movie room is a great way to transition from waking up to working out.
In today’s world when people are binge-watching shows stored on the DVR or catching up on an entire series at once, why not use that time to exercise during your show or movie rather than watching it from your sofa?
A survey just out from Netflix reveals that more than half of people are willing to exercise while binge-watching, and 45% said that they would be more motivated to exercise if they had access to their favorite TV shows while working out.
Make a date with your favorite TV show, if you will, to exercise during the time your show is on the air. Whether it is a crime drama or a laugh-out-loud sitcom that you love to watch, working out during your show can make it feel like the time is going by faster. And the good mood it can put you in can help you get a better workout too.
When my work hours were long and did not permit much gym time, I would come home in the evenings and hit the treadmill during any sporting event I could find on TV. During the week it was usually basketball or hockey, and on the weekends I would watch the football pre-game shows while on the treadmill either at home or at the gym. For me, watching sports (and sports talk) was that endorphin-raising diversion that made the time on the treadmill just fly by. Studies actually confirm that watching sports can increase your heart rate, so watching while exercising has got to be extra beneficial, right?
The Netflix survey found that 45% would be more motivated to exercise if they had access to their favorite TV shows (on-demand and commercial-free while working out, of course). Among show genres, sitcoms ranked at the top of the list, followed by dramas, Sci-Fi/fantasy, and reality shows.
Some people may want to make sure they pay extra attention to form and balance if they are watching TV during a workout. After all, what good would the distraction be if you ended up falling on the floor?
However, making a promise to yourself to exercise during your favorite weekly shows is a surefire way to work fitness into your already busy week!