I have found myself in that exact situation. Luckily I have a 4 year old and 1 year old who I can play with to keep my mind off of munching. However when I do have "down" time I recently found this article and plan to try it out! Great for not wanting to miss your favorite show yet not feeling like a loser "lounging" around.
My workouts are mostly cardio and involve a lot of lower body work, so sometimes in the evenings, to keep myself from snacking while watching TV, I do Coach Nicole's 9-minute seated upper body workout. I have a computer near where I'm sitting and I can turn the volume down on the video and kind of follow along without listening. It makes me feel productive and gives me a little more upper-body exercise.
But, on the other hand, if you enjoy watching TV and you've done everything you need to do for the day, there's nothing wrong with relaxing and having a little down time.
"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."
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505 1/31/13 3:21 P
Occasionally during commercials I will do steps on a small stool that I have or I will work on my upper arms with 8 lb weights. This way I do not feel guilty for sitting around watching TV or reading. Lets face it after you work, prepare dinner, help with homework, get kids ready for bed...it has been a long day and taking some time for yourself is a good thing.
You need rest time or me time too, you know? if you feel comfortable vegging out in front of a TV for an hour or two go for it. Maybe look for a hobby or some sort of club to join some nights? I've been seeking a new project myself lately, I think I might go for finally finishing our wedding photo album (5 years later) and joining toastmasters.
I personally wouldn't work out twice in one day - there is such a thing as overkill. Every body is different but mine needs to rest in order for me to be effective at the gym the next day.
1/31/13 2:30 P
I have kind of the same issue, except that I do workout in the evening. Even still, I'm usually done with that and supper by 7 or 8, and generally spend the rest of the night watching tv. That's only a couple of hours but I also sit at a desk all day so I do wonder if I should be trying to do something more active. I do really enjoying that relaxing time though. One thought would be to get in some really good stretching while watching tv - and I do like the idea of doing some strength training with resistance bands.
I know this doesn't work for everybody, but living alone, once I moved into new place in November (without cable provided), I haven't hooked up my TV & have only watched a couple movies since then. I like some of the other suggestions: doing ST during TV shows (I used to do them when watching The Biggest Loser), getting a hobby. Other things to do: call a friend or two while walking around (got a pedometer to make sure you move at least 10K steps a day......or less to start?), plan meals, cook a meal (like a pot of chili, for example) & divide into individual serving portions or enough for everybody if you don't live alone, try some sparkrecipes, walk the dog (if you have one), volunteer in the evening when you have time on your hands. Hope some of these helped.
As long as your nutrition is in check and you're getting your workouts in, it's ok to sit around. It's not going to hinder weight loss. This pretty well describes me, most nights, and I lost weight just fine. You just have to fight off the boredome munchies.
That being said, there'd be nothing wrong with getting in a bit more movement, like a walk or a video or jumping jacks at commercials or whatever, but, personally, I don't think that's a necessity. Go with how you feel.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/31/2013 (13:58)
I am 5'4". Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6 First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011 Currently maintaining under 120 and working on changing my mental image of myself!
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1/31/13 1:43 P
How about buying a set of resistance bands and doing some strength training workouts while you watch your favorite TV shows ? You can buy a set of resistance bands for cheap at any Walmart, Target, Sears or even TJ Maxx.
If you're not sure what to do with those bands, I highly recommend joining SERGEANTMAJORs resistance band team. He has a bunch of beginner to advance workouts posted that you can try at home.
If you don't want to use resistance bands, check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of 10-15 minute workouts posted. do 1-2 for a 15-30 minute workout. There are lots of different things you could do with your time in the evening. You could do Coach Nicole's fitness workouts. You could buy or borrow DVD workouts. You could use resistance bands. You could get a gym membership and take a class. You could take a walk around the neighborhood. How about taking a walk ? There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. Take an evening walk. That's a great way to start an exercise routine.
Do you have to exercise in the evenings if you're already working out in the mornings ? Of course, not. But it's something you could do if you were bored. If you want to be productive with your time, then how about reading a book instead of watching TV ? You could even do some crafts like painting or sewing.
And well, there's nothing wrong with just siting and watching the news. The question is, how much TV are you watching ? If it's only an hour here or there, don't worry. But if you do find that watching TV is taking up too much time, then think about doing some resistance band workouts, sewing or reading a book.
Here's the thing, studies have shown that people who watch too much TV tend to pack on the pounds.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/31/2013 (14:03)
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That wouldn't be good for me. I would start eating. Sounds like you need to find a hobby or you could work out twice. I notice that when I work out twice in one day it speeds up my weight loss.
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91 1/31/13 1:29 P
I find myself with absolutely NOTHING to do in the evenings. By around 6 o clock i have done all my responsibilities for the day and have already exercised early in the morning so i just sit around or watch tv. literally the only thing i can find to do is clean something up or cook supper and that doesnt take long then im back to the couch. I can always find little things but they take up little to no time so with good nutrition and exercise am i going to see progress when i still spend alot of my day sitting around?
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