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Most Americans watch television over five hours each day, with many seniors watching much more. But catching up on your latest shows doesn?t mean you have to be a couch potato. Instead of just sitting still, get moving! If you have a treadmill or stationary bike, watch TV while you?re walking, jogging, or biking. But if you don?t have any fancy equipment, don?t worry! There are several exercises you can do right from your sofa!

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Arm and Trunk Exercises

To start, try a few bicep curls. Grab a set of dumbbells, and if you don?t have any, a couple canned goods or heavy books are fine. With one object in each hand and your elbows close to your waist, flex your arms up toward your shoulders. Pause when your hands are near your chest, and lower your arms. Repeat at least 10 times.

To work your side abdominals, sit up straight, and rotate your trunk as far as you can to one side. Then, rotate back to the center before doing the same thing on the opposite side. Do at least 10 twists per session.

?Leg Exercises

With ankle weights on each ankle, scoot toward the edge of your seat, holding on to the sides. To work your front things, you?ll begin with your knees bent. Then lift your lower legs until your legs are board-straight in front of you. Hold this position for three seconds before slowly lowering your legs until your feet touch the ground. Do this exercise at least ten times.

And for a calf workout, begin in the same seated position as above, and lift your heels as high as possible so any weight is on the balls of your feet. Hold for two seconds, and repeat at least ten times.

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