The couch can make you fit.

No matter how badly or poorly you have run, jogged, or staggered  20 meters plus,  there will always be a fitness motivator screaming “good job, you lapped the guy on the couch”

Its sort of true, but  at the same time they lapped everyone doing a static exercise: they lapped the  person doing pull ups, deadlifts, the olympic lifts, bicep curls and hundreds of other stationary exercises: they lapped the guy doing burpees and tuck jumps, they  lapped everyone on a concept 2 rower or an assault bike.

During fits of depression, or good old fashioned laziness, it super easy to crawl onto a couch and crash out. This means that deciding to get up, change, walk out the door and start jogging can be a super barrier.

I remember lying on the couch staring at the floor being unable to roll off and do one push up.

To build new habits and behaviours, they really need to be modelled on existing habits and behaviours. It’s very difficult to abandon bad behaviours, so its best to use them if you can.

If it’s a racing certainty that you will throw yourself onto the couch in the next few hours, connecting the couch with exercise could be the most effective exercise improvement you can make. This is crucial if you find yourself locked down.

As a quick example I’ll  use  the curl up abdominal exercise. Its fairly easy to change from a couch slump

slumping on the couch

into something fairly near a therapeutic curl up!

do the therapeutic curl up on the couch

Over the next few months, I’ll be showing you how you can get fit on your couch. moving from a slump into an effective exercise.

Obviously this is a great stand alone (lie alone) exercise.  You don’t have to get on the couch to do it!

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