I get super bored on the treadmill, so I've started to stream "The Biggest Loser" on my iPhone, through Hulu. Not only does it give me something to focus on, but I get the added benefit of positive coaching from the trainers on the show. I figure, if those people can work out for 8 hours a day, I can knock out 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Exercise TV On Demand is a FANTASTIC way to get structured workouts for free! They have all different sorts of exercise, and even some of the most popular ones, like the Jillian Michaels workouts. Even better, they switch them up periodically so you never get bored! I love this because all too often, I've bought DVDs that I thought would be great and ended up hating them, never using them again, and wasting that money. Now it is not a concern!
If you're watching a show and get interrupted by the commercials you have a great opportunity to pop off some quick sit ups, push ups, squats or leg raises. By choosing an activity that doesn't require any special tools, you can squeeze in a bit more conditioning that will make a difference week after week.
There's no law that says that exercise has to be done in a vacuum. If you exercise at home, go ahead and leave the tv on, as long as you don't get too distracted. At the gym, if music doesn't do it for you, try an audiobook. Get lost in a good story, and next thing you know you've biked 20 miles!
A good way to start being more active is to get up and stretch or do some light exercising in the commercial breaks while watching your favorite television show. Even if you just pace around the living room, you'll be more active.
A big fan of multitasking, I love the fact that I can hula hoop while doing other things - I watch TV and hula hoop; sometimes I read while I hula hoop. I'm also saving up for hula rings so I can use them on my arms at the same time.
I have a stability ball and an exercise bike in the living room in front of the TV. If I am watching TV, I need to be sitting on one or the other. The time goes by quickly while I am watching my favorite shows and I am strengthening various parts of the body in the meantime.
Not in a mood to strength train today or just don't like it at all? Get in front of the TV and start working out! Most of us spend a chunk of the day on the couch watching TV, so why not lift some weights during one of your shows?