Making TV Work for You

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.

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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!