5 Exercises You Can Do During Commercials

Think you don't have time for a workout? Think again. If you have time for Glee, you have time for these five made-for-TV moves. All you need is a couch, a TV remote control, and a throw pillow.

Couch Push-Up

Targets chest, arms, abs

  • Begin in push-up position with hands on side of couch, palms under shoulders, legs extended and feet on floor, hip-width apart.
  • Keeping back straight and abs engaged, bend elbows to lower chest toward couch.
  • Push back up. Do 15 reps.

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Remote Reach
Targets abs, obliques
  • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, abs engaged, holding remote control in right hand.
  • Lift left knee to 90 degrees, straighten right leg and raise.
  • Lift upper body; twist torso to left, reaching right hand under left leg.
  • Grab remote with left hand and lower upper body.
  • Repeat on other side. Do 12 reps, alternating sides.


Ice Skater
Targets abs, glutes, hamstrings, quads

  • Place pillow on floor.
  • Stand to right of pillow, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Lift left leg a few inches off floor and squat, keeping right knee behind toes.
  • Jump over cushion and land on left foot; reach right hand down to left toes.
  • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.


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Pillow Crunch
Targets Abs, inner thighs
  • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, legs together, abs engaged.
  • Place pillow between knees and lift legs off floor, knees bent 90 degrees over hips.
  • Place hands behind head and exhale to crunch up while squeezing pillow with legs. Keep elbows out and eyes looking up.
  • Inhale to lower. Do 15 reps.


Lunge Touchdown

Targets glutes, hamstrings, quads

A:
  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, abs engaged, with a pillow 3 feet in front of you.
  • Lunge right foot forward, keeping knee behind toes, and grab pillow.



B:
  • Push off right foot and stand up, lifting right knee while pressing pillow overhead. Hold for 1 breath; lunge to return pillow to start.
  • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.





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