The pro and college football playoffs are over, and the Super Bowl is history. We’re now, though, approaching the NCAA’s March Madness and the opening of baseball season. Oh, what is a diehard sport’s fan, chained to the couch these past many weeks, to do? The extra adipose tissue from those tailgate parties and halftime snacks is just floating around our midsections, threatening to put a permanent dent in our favorite section of that expensive sofa.
Well, maybe it’s time for a little spring training for fans. That’s right, you can, like your favorite baseball team, start toning those glutes, abs, and quads to endure another year of hard core fan behavior, enabling you to reach the winter sport’s season in prime condition. And, the beauty of it all; you don’t have to miss a moment of your favorite games while you do it.
Leg Lift: Any sportsman knows that the knees are often the first to go, but did you know that knee problems can also cause discomfort for those who sit and watch? Maintaining strong quadriceps and keeping the joint mobile can help to stave off most of them. A great exercise for maintaining knee health is leg lifts. Sitting with back straight, pivot the leg at the knee, lifting the foot from the floor until the leg is straight. You can do this by lifting legs alternately, or together, and adding weight to the ankles increases the benefit. Fifteen to twenty repetitions is a good target count.
Sitting Toe-Touch: Keeping your buttocks firmly planted in your seat and your knees together, lean forward until you touch your toes with your forefingers. Repeat twenty times.
Waist Twist: Sitting with back straight, alternate twisting your upper torso to the right and left. Repeat twenty times.
Walking: A good brisk walk helps improve cardio-vascular health, burns calories, and helps keep joints supple. Even walking in place – so, you can watch the game while you exercise – is beneficial, or you can get a treadmill or one of the other walking exercise devices and set it up in front of the set. Shoot for thirty minutes of brisk stepping for optimum benefit.
Inclined Pushups: Let’s not ignore the upper body; chest and arms. Regular pushups are a great exercise, but it can be hard to watch TV while doing them. If, though, you use the edge of a chair or heavy coffee table for hand support, and push up off that, you can get about as much benefit as from the regular position. If you’re just starting out, do fifteen to twenty repetitions, increasing to fifty as your arm and upper body strength increases.
Crunches: There are those who claim that crunches will not give you six-pack abs, and they’re probably right. But, a daily regimen of twenty crunches – lying flat on the back, hands clasped behind the head, lifting the shoulders two inches off the floor and holding for a count of ten; repeated twenty times – will help strengthen your body core and decrease your chances of suffering lower back pain.
There you have it; another six-pack to add to your game kit. Six exercises that will help keep you from spreading across the whole couch, and keep you fit for a rigorous season of cheering for your favorite teams.