Instead of sitting on the sidelines as your kid kicks, catches and sprints during sports practices and games, you could be using the time to squeeze in a workout of your own. Here, Gregory Florez, a personal trainer and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, shows us some ways to burn calories from the bleachers, so you don’t have to stop being your child’s number one fan.
Power Walk Around the Field
Using every opportunity to squeeze even short bouts of exercise can add up quickly. Pacing the sidelines is inconspicuous and gives you an efficient cardio workout.
Climb the Bleachers
Working from one end of the bleachers to the other, ascend the stairs every 5 to 10 minutes. You’ll feel the burn in your glutes, quads and hamstrings.
Move your butt off the edge of your seat, lower your body by bending at the elbows and then press up with your arms. These will really work your triceps and the front of your shoulders.
Stand with feet hip width apart. Take a step forward onto the step in front of you and lower your body. Push back up and alternate legs.