Couch Potatoes: How to Workout Without Leaving the Couch

Couch Potatoes: How to Workout Without Leaving the Couch

Health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour shares how to get a full body workout in from the comfort of your couch (no equipment required!).

Hopefully this can motivate you to be more active from non-sedentary settings, too!

The V-Sit

  • Sit on the edge of the couch, pulling your abs in like someone’s punched you in the stomach
  • Next, put your legs in the air, moving through three levels – legs lifted with knees bent, legs straight in the air, and holding onto your legs in the air
  • Hold each level for about 30 seconds for an intense abs workout!



  • Use the couch as a bench, lowering yourself on the seat from a standing position, then moving back up
  • Stand up and down for 10 reps
  • If you’re more advanced, try one-legged squat for added weight and balance challenge

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Toe Touches

  • From the same v-sit position, bring your legs back in, bent at a 90-degree angle
  • Lower one foot to the floor, then switch between legs
  • Keep marching for about a minute

Repeat the full circuit when there’s a commercial, and you’re set for a fantastic full-body workout. Just remember to keep your core tight throughout each exercise to ensure good form and that you aren’t damaging your back.

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