The “Commercial Break” Workout Routine

As somebody who can’t get enough of movies, tv shows, books, and video games, it’s often difficult to find time to go to the gym as it can cut at least an hour out of an already busy day. Of course, I’ve never wanted to sacrifice physical health at the expense of entertainment or the other way around, so I’ve created small workout routines to do while partaking in these “sedentary” hobbies that we all love. And no, I don’t mean run while watching TV because you’re not really giving either action 100% of your attention or effort.

Why choose either when you can give 100% to both?

Last week I posted the “Pre-Game Lobby” workout routine for fans of video games after posting the “Elite Game Challenge.” In keeping with that theme, here is the “Commercial Break” workout routine for fans of movies and TV shows…

Once you finish a movie, do 10 pushups for every 30 minutes of runtime that it had.

  • A 2 hour movie rewards you with 40 pushups
  • A 3 hour movie rewards you with 60
  • If a movie falls in at 1 hour 44 minutes, you get to be the judge whether to round up to 2 hours, down to 90 minutes, or meet in the middle and do 35 pushups. It all depends on how you feel that day and whether or not you have it in you to push yourself or take a breather. Nobody knows you better than you do

If you’re going to watch a movie in a series, run before you start the next movie. Run 1 mile for each number that this film is in it’s series…

  • The Terminator would be 1 mile
  • Terminator 2 would be 2 miles
  • Terminator 3 would be a mistake
  • If you’re going through an extended series such as the Marvel films, Star Wars films, or even James Bond, you can either count the films by release order, or divide them up! If you just want to watch Skyfall without running 23 miles beforehand, maybe just count it as the 3rd film in the “Craig Bond” franchise. Or, if you want to watch Star Wars Episode whatever, maybe it’s a 2 mile run today instead of 5 instead since they can be rearranged many different ways. Again, just do whatever you’ll be most happy with (or proud of yourself for) doing.

Of course, you can make additional challenges for yourself like you would with a drinking game. Perhaps you’d like to start watching more family films, so every time a movie cusses, do 10 crunches. That sounds like it would suck for Martin Scorsese fans but again, make up your own rules if you’d like to. Or, rate the movie out of 100, subtract your rating from 100, and do that many tricep dips (if you’d like to make sure you consistently watch good movies and punish yourself for bad ones). Either, you’ll be watching a lot of good movies or completely lying about how much you loved Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom…

But maybe you like watching TV shows instead of movies. Fear not, I have created a little workout for you as well!

Before you start a new TV Season, run as many miles as that season’s number in the series.

  • 1 Mile for Season 1
  • 2 Miles for Season 2
  • No jokes here, pretty self-explanatory

Before you start an episode in that season, do a comfortable amount of pushups based on the length of the episode.

  • A 20-30 minute episode would be 10 pushups
  • A 30-60 minute episode would be 20 pushups
  • A 90 minute episode would be a movie, HBO

And each time you finish an entire TV Series, I challenge you to write a review of it and post it online. You’ll most likely find people you agree with and be able to spark up some interesting conversations, discover new shows to watch, and meet a bunch of lovely people who will ridicule you for your thoughts. So, maybe just do some tricep dips. Say, 10 for every season that your TV series had. Sorry, Simpsons bingers.

If you like watching web series, short films, YouTube videos, or anything else that small workouts can be applied between, I challenge you to create your own routine. If your proud of what you’ve come up with, comment it below to share with other people looking to stay in shape and having fun watching good content!

This is a routine that I’ve just created recently, so I haven’t had as much experience with it as I have had with the Pre-Game Lobby routine, but I’m excited to see if any of you have any good feedback on this workout routine.

If you love movies, check out my Movie Challenge that I posted yesterday but as always, thanks for reading, I hope I may have been able to offer some good information, and I’ll see you soon!



Published by Blake Carson Schwarz

Indiana University graduate in Media and Creative Writing. I love to write my own stories as well as experience the work of others. On this site, I post reviews, essays, and other fun posts that I hope you have as much fun reading and I have writing. Please share any comments you have, I'd be happy to hear what you think! *Never a critic, always a fan*

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