The Simple Workout for When You're Just Not in the Mood to Work Out

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You know those evenings where you roll in from work and just don’t want to do anything? You don’t want to cook. You don’t want to go run errands. And you definitely don’t want to workout.

All you want to do is wrap yourself in a blanket and zone out in front of the TV.

Yeah, we know those days.

That’s why we’re bringing you a workout that can be done while you catch up on your favorite fam in This Is Us (Tuesday, September 25… yes, we’re counting down). The secret? Take advantage of those commercial breaks—use those few minutes to get your body moving before settling back onto the couch to swoon over Jack’s latest romantic gestures.

Here’s a simple, but extremely effective workout for when you’re just not in the mood to work out.

For each commercial break of your favorite TV show, do as many of these reps as possible:

10 Squats

  • Place feet a little further than shoulder-length apart.

  • Squat down as though you are sitting in a chair. The goal is to lower your hips to knee height, but go as far as your fitness level allows!

  • Make sure your knees do not extend past the top of your toes and keep your back flat as you squat.

  • Once you are in the proper squat position, straighten up to standing position. Then quickly squat again.

10 Push Ups

This is simply your classic push up!

As always, you can modify this by keeping your knees on the ground rather than completing these in full plank position. Do what’s right for your body and fitness level!

10 Front Lunges

  • Step forward with your right foot, coming into a 90-degree angle lunge. Your right knee should not go beyond the toes of your right foot and your left knee should hover just above the ground without touching it.

  • Push your right foot into the ground to return to your original standing position. Keep your shoulders back (no slumping) and your core engaged as you do so!

  • Alternate with your left foot to lunge forward and repeat this same motion, doing 5 lunges on each leg.

10 Tricep Push Ups

Tricep push ups are a slight variation to the traditional push up. Rather than your elbows moving away from your body as they bend in a slight triangular position like in a traditional push up, your elbows remained tucked close to your sides as you bend them to lower your chest to the floor.

  • Place your hands flat beneath your shoulders, a little closer together than shoulder width (your thumbs will be close to one another, but should not be touching). Your body should be in a long line in plank position.

  • Lower your chest to the floor, keeping your elbows tucked close in as they bend to lower yourself to the floor.

  • Push yourself back up into plank position, keeping your elbows tucked.

10 Sit Ups

Keeping it simple again with the traditional sit up!

  • Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your knees should be  hip distance apart, with your fingers laced together behind your head.

  • Tighten your core to lift yourself up completely until your entire back is off the floor.

  • Lower back down and repeat.

Is your show not back yet? Begin again with this circuit, continuing until your show is back on!

Want more workouts? There’s plenty on the Dallas Iron Fitness blog!

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