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5 Exercises To Do Whilst You're Binge-Watching Netflix

This is multi-tasking at its finest.

We’ll let you in on a little secret: we hate going to the gym.

Seriously, though – it takes a lot of willpower to drag yourself to the gym after work at night, especially when what you REALLY want to do is to go home and catch up on some sleep. Plus, you have to make sure you bring all your gear to work – inconvenient much?

So instead of hitting the gym, we’re getting in our exercise whilst we’re at home, watching Netflix. There are plenty of static exercises that you can do right in front of your TV screen – and don’t turn up your nose at these exercises, because they’re definitely strenuous enough to have you break a sweat!

Read on to check out the different exercises that you can do whilst watching TV. These will help you increase your fitness levels in no time!

You’ll be doing a total of three sets of the following 5 exercises. During the first set, perform each exercise for 30 seconds. During the second set, perform each exercise for 20 seconds, and during the last set, perform each exercise for 10 seconds. There are no breaks between the exercises, but you can have a 30-second rest between each set.

Exercise #1: Lunges

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Whilst you’re doing your lunge, be sure to keep your upper body straight and your chin up. Step forward with one leg, far enough such that your leg is curled at a 90-degree angle. Whilst your weight is on your heels, push back up to your initial position. Do this for 60 seconds, then switch legs.

Exercise #2: Jumping jacks

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Every time a commercial break starts, get your heart rate up and your blood pumping by doing some jumping jacks. Be sure to keep your arms straight whilst you’re doing these (instead of haphazardly flopping them around), so that your triceps get a good workout.

Exercise #3: Chair dips

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If you can’t be bothered to drag a chair over, the sofa will do fine as well. Sit on the edge of your chair with your hands placed next to your hips. Move your butt off the edge, and bend your elbows to a 90 degree angle. Then push back up, and repeat for 60 seconds.

Exercise #4: Planks

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I don’t want to have a flat tummy – said no one ever! To do your planks, place your forearms flat and directly under your shoulders, come onto your tippy toes, and lift up the rest of your body. Keep your butt down and your core engaged, and hold it for 30 – 60 seconds.

Exercise #5: Squats

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It’d be a crime not to include squats in this list – so here it is! To do a proper squat, start with your feet spread a little wider than your shoulder width. Straighten your arms out (parallel to the floor), then sink down and push your hips back whilst you bend your knees. Make sure you can see your toes whilst doing this! Then rise back up, and continue for 60 seconds.

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