Exercises to do in Front of the Television
Do you find that you’re so busy you don’t get time to go to the gym or you’re just too tired after a hard day at work? Is all you want to do to slump down in front of the television for a couple of hours’ relaxation before bed? Well, you can still watch TV, but you don’t have to be completely immobile. Here are six simple exercises you can do:
- Sit in your favorite armchair but try not to slouch; put a cushion behind your back, if necessary. Now raise your right leg until it is parallel with the floor; hold for 5 seconds or longer, if you can. Gently lower the foot back to the floor and do the same with your left leg. Repeat as often as you can, gradually increasing the number of lifts day by day.
- Sit as before, and once again raise your right leg, but only slightly off the floor this time. Rotate your ankle through 360 degrees, first one way then the other. Repeat with the left leg and so on as above.
- While sitting in the same position, rest your forearms on the arms of the chair for balance then lift both knees until your feet are about six inches above the floor. Now make cycling motions with your legs for as long as you can. If you feel any strain on your back, stop and relax for a while. Alternatively, you can buy a stationary set of bicycle pedals to pedal away on while you watch TV.
- Sit upright and lift both arms to shoulder level; rotate forwards from the shoulder ten times then rotate backward ten times.
- Sit upright and bend both elbows at chest level. With one hand facing inwards and one facing out, gently grip either the opposite wrist or slightly bent fingers. Pull your elbows apart rapidly as many times as you can and you will feel the muscles in your chest working.
- Finally, sitting upright rotate your head and neck round to the right several times then again in the opposite direction.
All these are good toning and stretching exercises which you can do in the comfort of your armchair. Only do as many of these as you comfortably can but try to increase the number and intensity at least weekly. Anyone with medical concerns should consult their doctor before embarking on any program of exercise.