The Couch Potato Workout

    (BlackDoctor.org) — Some days, you have every intention of actually making it to the gym, or even for a simple walk outside…but that just doesn’t happen, and you remain in the comfortable clutches of your couch or arm chair, staring at the TV, hour after hour.

    Believe it or not, you can make this scenario work to your body-toning advantage – with your sofa or chair doubling as a suprisingly effective workout tool!

    1. Couch Push-Ups

    Works: Your triceps and chest.

    The Moves: Facing a couch, kneel on the floor about 2 feet away from it. Cross your ankles, and place your hands shoulder-width apart on a cushion edge. Slowly bend your arms, and lower your upper body until your chest touches the couch. Hold, then press up again.

    Cardio Finish: Do jumping jacks.

    2. Side Crunches

    Works: Your oblique muscles for a trimmer tummy.

    The Moves: Lie on the couch on your left side with your legs together and your knees bent. Place your right hand behind your head with your elbow pointing toward the ceiling. Wrap your left arm across your waist. Contracting the oblique muscles along your right side, lift your shoulder off the couch, bringing your rib cage toward your hip. Hold, then slowly lower. Repeat, then switch sides. (If your couch is too soft, you may need to do this exercise on the floor.)

    Cardio Finish: Do crossover punches. While standing, twist from your waist, and alternate punching your fists diagonally across your body.

    3. Armchair Stands

    Works: Your butt and thighs.

    The Moves: Sit on the edge of a chair or couch with your feet shoulder-width apart. Without using your arms, press into the floor with your feet, and stand, tightening your butt muscles as you rise. Keep your abdominals tight and your back straight. Hold, then slowly lower yourself. Before you touch the chair, stand up again.

    Cardio Finish: Walk or jog up and down stairs.

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