Cinematic Calisthenics: An Indoor Workout Than Anyone Can Do

What do you do when it is too cold or icy to go for a walk and the streets are too slick to drive to the gym, but you need to exercise?

You could try what my friends and I came up with last year.

In our quest to have a fun girl’s night that included some exercise, Donna, Abi, and I invented a game that is perfect for everyone.

We took the popular drinking game where everyone has to drink whenever certain words are spoken during a movie or television show and replaced drinking with movement! I prefer working out while streaming shows on Netflix and Hulu.

This game is perfect for all ages, no matter what their physical ability is.

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How to play:

Step One:

Make sure everyone has water to stay hydrated and have a healthy snack on hand to enjoy afterwards.

Step Two:

Choose movie that at least one person is familiar with. Depending upon your energy level, you may also choose a favorite television show instead of a movie.

Step Three:

Have those who are familiar with the movie/show choose words that are spoken throughout it often.  I chose five words from one of my favorite movies Nacho Libre.

Step Four:

Every time one of the chosen words is spoken, everyone must move their body for an agreed upon amount of time.

We chose 30 seconds of movement for each word. You could also opt for X amount of jumping jacks, steps, stretches, etc..

Our movements included running in place, lunges, stretches, and leg lifts.  Choose your movement based on your physical ability.  Other forms of movement could be jumping jacks, arm curls, stepping, sit-ups, pushups,  standing up and sitting down, ankle/wrist/arm circles, waving your arms in the air etc….

Participants can use weights, resistance bands, kettle balls, etc.  If you have workout equipment like a rowing machine, stepper, trampoline, elliptical, or treadmill you could have everyone rotate stations after each word or every 5-10 minutes.

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Unlike the drinking version, this game is healthy and family friendly. It can even be done in bed by modifying the movements with stretches and exercises that can be done while lying down or sitting. Moving your body is important even if you don’t have a chronic illness, so why not make it fun too!

To decrease the chance of increasing your chronic pain, prepare your body by applying a topical CBD oil to your muscles and joints and treat your problem areas ahead of time with PEMF therapy. PEMF combats inflammation like nothing I have ever tried and the best part is that it does it without drugs. After playing I ran a few more PEMF therapy sessions on my knees and used “I am Peace” vape from BioCBD+ to relax my muscles.  Good Night Lotion prevents any leg cramping I normally experience after exercising, making it possible to fall asleep faster.

Shows that I like to exercise to include Jane the Virgin, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Orange County, and New York, Breaking Bad, and Bojack Horseman.

Picking a series that has several seasons available for streaming gives you and your pals plenty of reasons to meet up and to move your bodies!

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Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

4 thoughts on “Cinematic Calisthenics: An Indoor Workout Than Anyone Can Do

  1. I love, love, love this idea — I may have to steal it! The exercises could be modified to everyone’s fitness/ability level, and using the movie to trigger the activity is just genius. It takes something many of us don’t like doing and makes it fun. Thanks for sharing this!

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