I loved this interesting way to tackle health and fitness while watching the Super Bowl. Could even be a little fun if you have a big group of people.
Pritikin Super Bowl Fitness Challenge by Fitness Expert Scott Danberg
Set up a friendly but feisty competition. We call it the “Pritikin Super Bowl Fitness Challenge.” It was created by Pritikin Fitness Director Scott Danberg, whose life’s mission is cajoling the rest of us off the couch (and what a helluva job he does!).
Here’s the game plan: Divide everyone into two teams. For maximum rowdiness and fun, do your best to put each guest on the team that he or she is rooting for on TV.
- Celebration Touchdown Dance
- Each time one of the Super Bowl teams scores a touchdown, the same team in your living room does a Celebration Touchdown Dance, and (here’s the best part) the opposing team must copy the dance! Go all out! Include chanting of your team’s name, arm movements symbolizing letters of your team’s name, dance it up… live it up. Then kick the competition off the couch and have them copy it. (No shortcuts allowed!)
- Field Goal Squats
- Each time your team scores a field goal, get up from the sofa for 10 body weight squats. The opposing team then performs 15! For guests who have (or say they have) joint pain with squats, they can do seated leg marches instead.
- Fumble Ball Push-Ups
- For each fumbled ball, the retrieving team gets down on the floor for 5 push-ups; the opposition team does 10 push-ups! (Push-up-challenged guests can do wall, table, or from-the-knees push-ups.)
- Interception Arm Circles
- For each interception, the retrieving team stands up and spreads out for 15 forward arm circles; the opposition gets up for 15 forward and 15 back arm circles! (For the arm-circle-challenged, any pain-free range of movement using the arms will do.)
- Foul Marches
- For each foul that results in a penalty of yards, the non-penalized team stands and marches in place for one minute. The penalized team hoofs it for two minutes! Seated leg marching is fine for those with ambulatory challenges. (Alcohol-induced challenges don’t count!)
- Quarterback Sack Crunches
- For each quarterback sack, the team delivering the sack falls to the floor for 10 abdominal crunches; the opposition then drops for 20 abdominal crunches. (Crunch-challenged teammates can do seated straight leg lifts.)
- Half Time Whossiers
- At half time, the team winning dances to a Who song (“Awesome band for us baby boomers” laughs Coach Scott). The losing team dances to two Who songs. If the game is tied, everyone dances two songs! During half time, everyone takes a few minutes to stretch and enjoy healthy snacks to fuel up for the second half.
- Grand Finale Celebration Dance
- At the end of the game, the winning team performs a rousing Grand Finale Celebration Dance that the losing team – yep, you guessed it – must match!
- Every movement counts
- Do you think all of these get-up-from-the-couch activities are worthless? Think again. Research published just last week in the American Heart Association journal Circulation tracked 8,800 people for six years and found that the more hours they sat in front of the TV, the greater their risk of dying from any cause, especially cardiovascular disease. Yes, this is a duh finding, but there’s more. The findings held true not just for couch potatoes but for regular exercisers – people who put in on average 30 to 45 minutes of exercise a day.