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4 Exercises You Can Sneak In While Binge-Watching Netflix All Winter Long

If you live in the top half of the country, you and your couch have been getting very well acquainted.

And your connection will only grow in the upcoming months because who can venture outdoors in this madness? Not to mention, there’s a volume of quality programming ready to stream.

Add the convenience of food delivery apps, and yep, it’s time to notify everyone of your two to three month hibernation.

In fact, my couch and I have become one being as I write this.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for the work-out schedule.

Maybe you were on a good track with cardio a few days a week and yoga on Saturday mornings, and then you dropped everything.

Now, maybe you’re worried about your post-hibernation bod. Or maybe, you just need a little movement during these trying months.

The good news is, you don’t have to press pause or even get off the couch to get in a little toning action while you veg out.

Here are four exercises you can do while you binge-watch your new Netflix series:

Arm circles

Put on something with a lot of action and a strong female lead who’s really kicking butt.

See those arms? YOU CAN HAVE THOSE ARMS.

No, no, don’t get up. Just raise your arms straight out to the side and make small circles moving forward for 30 counts, then backward for 30 counts.

Repeat this for three sets, and you will be action movie leading lady-ready… or at least you’ll able to carry your groceries when you decide to start cooking again.


Leg circles

Eventually, you will walk outdoors. Today? No. Tomorrow? No, not then either.

But when you do, you want those legs to be STRONG.

As with our arm circles, we begin sitting on the couch.

Extend your right leg straight in front of you, point your toes and begin to circle your leg to the right for 30 counts. Pause, then reverse to the left for 30 counts.

Repeat it on your left leg, and then do two more sets on each leg.

After that, your legs will be burning more than when your laptop overheats on top of them.


Leg lifts

No matter what you’re watching, you’ve seen some ab muscles that gave you a pang of envy.

So, start your revenge now!

First, keep sitting on the couch. You’ll need to slouch down a little to get your back at a slanted angle.

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Extend your legs out in front of you, and pretend they are glued together. Raise and lower them with counts of eight, and be sure to keep breathing in long, even breaths.

Feel your abdominal muscles push through the layers of Thai noodles you’ve consumed.


Kegels

Listen, I’m sorry. I didn’t want to, but I felt my hands were tied.

I felt I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you to do Kegels while you watch Netflix. That’s what Netflix was invented for!

Like all of our exercises, we begin on the couch. Find your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing as you would if you were trying not to pee your pants and IT’S AN EMERGENCY.

Now engage those muscles, squeezing for a count of five and then relaxing for a count of five. Repeat, working up to holding those muscles for counts of 10.

Do these three times a day for the rest of the winter, and you can bet you’ll have the strongest pelvic floor muscles at the beach this summer!

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Melissa Stokoski

Freelance Contributor

Melissa Stokoski is a Brooklyn-based standup comedian and writer. She went through a phase a few years ago and became a Holistic Health Coach. You can hear her on SiriusXM #121 & on her Internet radio show, "Probably Terrible Advice"
Melissa Stokoski is a Brooklyn-based standup comedian and writer. She went through a phase a few years ago and became a Holistic Health Coach. You can hear her on SiriusXM #121 & on her Internet radio show, "Probably Terrible Advice"

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