Couch Potato Workout | NFL Playoffs | The Reluctant Exerciser

Left to My Own Devices, I'm a Couch Potato

I’ve been battling the couch potato syndrome. Again.

I haven’t been completely inactive.  Recently I’ve developed a reluctant fondness for a few group classes. Yep, you heard it here. I actually like step and spin classes. Who am I?

But I haven’t been doing my old school, resistance workouts. Remember those? The ones where pushups, pullups, squats, and lunges were the foundation of every workout?

There has been no training with Sonjia. And the few crossfit classes I have tried have been too aggressive for me. I was so sore after a couple of them, I could hardly move for a few days. And for me, that’s not good.

Sooooooo… I’m weak. Unbelievably weak! Heck, we were doing some pushups and ab work in step class and YOWZA! They totally got me!

But I’ve had a hard time putting my shoes on.

I reached back into early motivation and successes and thought about the basics. I remembered when Lisa Johnson wrote about squeezing minutes of movement in. I remembered the beauty of an old school pushup. I remembered how STRONG I was with consistent, full body, light weight moves. I remembered how GOOD it felt to be STRONG.

I took the small but bold step.

I tweeted that I would do some stuff during the commercials of the football game. (Yes, I’m such a ditz I didn’t even realize there were two games.)

I know. For many of you, this sort of approach totally does not count as a workout. But for me, I am very much a fan of trickery. And my body likes when I move ANY WAY I CAN.

I pulled out the mat, dusted off the medicine ball and found the kettlebell. (Not a small feat considering everything is packed in anticipation for the move… sigh…)

And the NFL Playoff Couch Potato Workout was born.

Pushups, planks, bridges, kettle bell swings, light weight squats, side lunges with med ball chop, single arm clean & press, tri dips. You get the idea, right?

There were a lot of commercials, and half time was long enough to get in 3 sets of 3 exercises.

I didn’t really sweat. But I did warm up enough to take off my sweatshirt. Sure my heart didn’t get a workout, but my muscles did.

And I didn’t even have to put my shoes on. <snickers>

Do you ever trick yourself into exercising?