Super Fun Beginning-Level Couch Workout

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If you snack your way through the day, you should probably also have a plan in place to burn a few of those excess snack calories. No program in mind? Don't worry. I touched base with celebrity trainer Craig Ramsay and he's got a great workout that you can use to burn off snack calories while you're on your couch.

Craig is a pro when it comes to creative workouts. And he's a Hollywood favorite among stars who keep their bodies in shape.

He's trained Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), Nina Parker (The Insider, TMZ), Jackie Warner (Bravo Reality Star, Fitness Guru) and Giada De Laurentiis. He not only provides effective workouts for his clients, but he also likes to have fun.  His Eat It, Burn It video series will help you to laugh while you burn off the calories from popular snacks like chicken wings and beer.

Craig Ramsay's Calorie-Burning Couch Workout

This exercise plan works because exercising in small five to ten minute increments throughout your day has been proven to be just as effective, if not more effective, than exercising continuously for 20 minutes straight. This workout can easily fit into your daily schedule simply by multitasking your exercise movements while watching your favorite television or sports program.   

Craig suggests that when your TV program takes a commercial break, your body should get busy.

  Since the average half hour program has approximately 10 minutes of commercials he says that in a one hour program you can burn anywhere from 150 to 250 calories with these 3 simple rotating exercises.

  • Exercise #1: Couch Can-Can’s
    Sit at the edge of the sofa and place your palms on each side of your hips. Lower the booty off the couch like you are going to perform a triceps dip. Hold that position with your feet on the floor and knees bent at  90 degrees. Your elbows should be kept slightly bent and parallel, facing the back of the couch.

    Now "can-can" kick your legs, start with the right leg and kick it out straight in front of you just above your hips. Return the foot back to the floor. Hop the feet barely off the ground and with that same right leg kick it out slightly crossing over to your left side, return the foot on the ground, take another small hop and repeat on the left. You'll feel this full body in your triceps, forearms, shoulders, chest, core, glutes, hamstrings, quads and inner thighs.
     
  • Exercise #2: Remote Control Punches
    Stand in front of the couch facing the TV. Place your feet parallel and slightly wider than shoulder width apart (resembling a sumo stance).  Hold on to your remote control in the right hand. Perform 4 right arm forward punches while slowly lowering your body down towards the cushion of the couch with each punch. By the fourth punch your booty should barely touch the couch.  Now, continue back up repeating the punch/squat raise combo, by the last rising punch you should be returned to standing sumo stance.

    Switch the remote to the left hand and replay. This full body exercise works your calves, hamstrings, quads, glutes, forearms, biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, inner and outer thighs. You also work your core when you stabilize your body.
     
  • Exercise #3: Couch Climbers
    Start with your elbows on the couch cushion and your hands together.  Place your chest over your forearms, feet on the floor. Your body will be in plank position. Do not let your hips drop and try to keep your body in a straight line.

    Lift up and place your right hand on the edge of the couch, as if preparing for pushup position. Quickly place your left hand out to the other side continuing the flow upward to a pushup plank. Return carefully back down to your elbow plank position, starting with your right elbow and hand, with your left elbow and hand to follow. Think "up, up, down, down" in a metronome rhythm.

    Repeat this sequence starting with the left hand and arm. During this calorie burner you work your core  muscles (abdominals and obliques), lower back, chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders, forearms and lats. 

    Of course, if you consume more than a single workout's worth of calories when you snack, you should plan to do this workout on a regular basis.  You can also do a different TV workout on alternate days to use different muscles and blast more fat.

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