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The 4 best exercises for couch potatoes

Even when you don’t feel very motivated, you can still find ways to work out!

Many of us perceive the holiday season as a time to relax and recharge (it definitely is!), so exercise tends to take a backseat and become an afterthought. We fill our time with friends, delicious food, and cheesy Christmas movies we can’t seem to stop watching.

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It’s fine to do this for a few days, but eventually we reach a point where we’ve pushed our fitness routines so far to the side that we don’t even recognize ourselves anymore.

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Sometimes we’ll flip on a dance video while we’re lounging on the couch, in an attempt to convince ourselves that the upbeat music will inspire us to get up and get moving. However, what usually ends up happening (for those of us that aren’t gifted dancers) is we end up frustrated, as we think we look like this:

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When in reality, we look like…

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Luckily there are a few fast exercises we can do that don’t require any natural rhythm. However, spoiler alert to all the couch potatoes out there: you will need to get off of the couch for a little while (yeah, we’d love to stay seated for all of the exercises too!).

Start out by stretching your neck, arms, and legs for a mini warm-up. Take out your phone and set a timer to do 1 minute of each of the exercises below, taking 15-20 second rest intervals in-between each one.

Squats: To work out your lower body.

Stand in front of your couch and slowly lower down into a squat. Let your butt just touch the edge of the couch. Hold the pose for a few counts and then raise yourself back up.

Tricep dips: To work out the back of your arms.

Get into a seated position with your back towards the couch. Place your hands on the edge of the couch, and keep your knees bent. Look straight ahead, and lower your butt towards the floor and back up for one full rep.

Push-ups: To work out your upper body.

Place your hands on the seat of your couch and do a regular push-up. Do as many as you can, engaging your core and keeping your back straight – no cheating!

Oblique twists: To work out your abs.

Sit down on your couch, and move your hands up in front of your face. Straighten your back, engage your core and turn to the right, the center, and then the left.

Exercising on the couch has never been easier!

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