Fall Series Cardio

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Everyone has their own lineup of shows that they follow very closely. With summer at its end, that means less time outside and more time inside the house and/or gym because of the weather becoming cooler. This is the time of year that new TV series start back up and grab our attention like never before. Now how can we watch our favorite shows and get that extra cardio outside of our workouts in? Simple, something I like to call Commercial Cardio!

If you have a DVR system, simply record your shows ahead of time. When you are finally ready to watch them, simply set up a TV in front of either your treadmill or elliptical, press play, and crank up the level on the elliptical or the incline on the treadmill and start walking on your treadmill or going at a steady pace on the elliptical. Keep that up until the commercials, and when they come on, turn the level or incline down, and start moving faster or running until the show is back on. Proceed to go back to your original speed or level once your show is back on. Repeat until your show is done.

A typical 30 minute show will have 22 minutes of the show playing, and 8 minutes of commercials. Now if your show is an hour long, then that makes out to be about 42 minutes of show, and 18 minutes of commercials. Since no one really pays much attention to the commercials, it will make it easy for you to really push yourself during them, so you can pay attention to the actual show when it comes back on. As you progress in your endurance, you can mix it up with the speed and incline/level on your equipment. This even works at the gym since many pieces of cardio equipment comes with a little TV on top of them. Try it out, and see how far you can get during your show. It will make watching TV a lot more tiring and worthwhile.

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