During this year's 30 for 30, I posted a piece about the TV Workout, perfect for people who are always on the go, have kids or like to get their workouts in while multi-tasking and watching the morning news shows. Then, the other day, I came across an article in Fast Company where the author shares with the reader stats on the amount of TV most Americans consume -- roughly 20 hours/week or enough hours to fill a part time job. And this number is "primary time" where viewers are actively watching TV, not simply have it on as background noise.
Her solution? She allows herself to ONLY watch TV when she's on the treadmill. Want to watch an hour of Dr. Oz? Great! There's 5-6 miles right there (or a few less if you walk). Don't have a treadmill at home? No sweat (pun intended). Most gyms have individual TV's built into their Stairmaster or Elliptical machines (click here for 8 workouts).
I'm a sucker for a good Law & Order TV marathon, but she points out watching only 2 episodes of any show would equal 11 miles on her machine, making you think long and hard about how much you want to watch the back-to-back episodes!
During Ironman training I would get on the bike trainer (an indoor contraption that would allow me to ride inside, while stationary, on days when it was raining, snowing or miserably cold outdoors) I would often watch cooking shows and find food inspiration for new dishes. For some strange reason, I was drawn to looking at food while working out. What's your 'go-to' workout show/genre?
Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!