It’s baaaaaaaack! The NHL is back in season, people! For those readers in America, this might not be as big of a deal to you, but for most Canadians, yesterday was a HUGE deal. Hockey is just a little important to us.
I am so so so excited for the TSN morning highlights on the treadmill to not just be about baseball and football. I love football for sure, but hockey is where it’s at. There are a lot of hockey games in a season. I kind of forgot how many there actually were until I looked at the lists of games that are happening EVERY NIGHT. That means a lot of TV time this winter. Instead of using hockey as an excuse to avoid all exercise and drink beer, I came up with a few workouts to do while watching hockey games. Who says you can’t have it all?
This first workout is an at-home, no equipment required workout. You can definitely make it harder by adding dumbbells to the lunges and squats, but it is perfectly fine (and still hard) doing it without. Even if you did this workout for one period, it’s better than sitting! You will probably start cursing BOTH teams AND the ref by the end of this workout!
This second workout is for the treadmill. If you are an evening exerciser and hit the treadmill after a long day of work, you are most likely going to catch part of a hockey game. I did a variation of this workout when I watched hockey games last season, and watching football over the summer and it was great! It kept me engaged, and the time flew because I was always just waiting for the next interval! Instead of jumping on, setting it to a certain speed and cruising, this workout switches things up a bit and makes you SWEAT! I only wrote the speeds to give a relative idea of how hard you want to be working during the intervals. PLEASE adjust to how fast you run and don’t go crazy and fall off the treadmill.
The last workout is another home workout that gets you up and moving during the commercials. Sitting is the new smoking, and sitting for long periods of time is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Instead of sitting down for 3 hours and watching the game, make an effort to get up and get active at least during the commercials. You don’t really care about the commercials anyway, so leave the focus and sitting to the actual game time. You could even run the stairs in your house during the commercials or hop on a piece of cardio equipment, but this workout gives you a few ideas of what to do to get your heart rate up for little bits at a time during the commercials.
If all else fails, I hear actually playing hockey is really good exercise. Try going skating this winter! My dad and I went to an outdoor ice rink last year and it was a blast! I am way too excited for this NHL season and in case you were unaware, the Habs won their first game of the season last night. If all goes as planned my brother, dad, and I will be at the Habs game when they come to town this year. We snagged tickets last year and it was great!
I can’t promise I will be running the stairs of Rexall place during that game but it might make for some fun entertainment after the whistle 🙂 These workouts can totally be adapted to really any sport and there are a lot of football game workouts out there like THIS, THIS, and THIS!
Do you have workouts that you do while watching TV?
Are you a hockey fan? Favourite team?!