Top 5 TV Shows To Work Out To

Whether it’s because you hate the outdoors or get skeeved out by your neighborhood gym, working out at home is a solid option. You don’t have to go far and can get as weird as you want in the privacy of your own space. But it takes some structure and motivation, and what better way to knock both out than with a solid hour of television.

Some TV shows are good for falling asleep to. Others, watching with friends. But this list covers the best TV shows to watch while you work out. Qualifications include:

  • Length: Episodes must be an hour long (Okay, fine. 42 minutes. Damn commercials!)
  • Air date: The show must have already reached its series finale. This way you can go at your own pace without having to keep up with a series your friends are talking about or get too far ahead and have to wait.
  • Accessible: The show must be easily accessible via DVD, Netflix or Hulu. There can be no struggle to find the next episode.
  • Dialogue heavy: It has to be a show that you can keep up with even if you are on the floor doing crunches.

Ready to build a life long correlation between a TV show and lunges? Here are some of the best options:

5. Law & Order

This show is everywhere at all times. Not only is it highly accessible, but you can skip around since each episode has its own plotline. Seriously, they should change the name to Law & Un-order. A L & O┬ácommercial or bus advertisement can make you instantly want to work out. It’s like Pavlov’s dog but for buns of steel.

4. Freaks and Geeks

Judd Apatow’s one-season-wonder might not give you enough episodes to make it through a month of exercise, but that’s not why it made the list. The chilled out story lines and ridic cast will keep you wanting to come back to watch the next episode, aka wanting to workout for an hour.

3. Gilmore Girls

Hour long comedies are hard to come by. Good thing your co-worker owns this entire series on DVD so you can coast through seven seasons of dialogue rich Stars Hollow goodness. Pro tip: Every time Rory gets a new boyfriend, switch up your workout routine.

2. Pushing Daisies

Cut super short at only two seasons, this heart warming tale of a pie shop owners who can bring people back from the dead takes you away to a different place. Also in that place? A new, muscular you by the end of all the episodes. Easily accessible online, this show could be just the shake up you need to stay focused and get back on the right track.

1. The Sopranos Like a billion episodes and a need to watch every single one until you are done help The Sopranos top our list. But more than just plentiful and entertaining, each episode builds upon the one before, meaning you will get the urge to keep watching (and keep sweating). Plus, this show has an amazing reputation but is long gone so none of your friend’s Facebook status’ can ruin the ending.

Point blank, you like watching television. Now channel that into something good, grab the dumbbells from under your bed and get in a pattern. Finally a way to make watching TV good for you.. Have a show that you like to work out to? Leave it in the comments!

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  • Kristen Pugh

    I find myself watching TV and movies while working out at home. It definitely helps pass the time and doesn’t make exercise seem so dull and redundant!

  • Aiyana Yuki Adshead

    The best workout I EVER had while doing a lazy activity was the Harry Potter Movie Marathon Workout. It is amazing. My entire family is one big HP fan and we decided to go through this journey together.
    Each film has an excess of something, so you do a specific workout every time it came up (ex: 10 pushups every time you see a dementor in the 3rd movie)
    Mountain climbers every time someone says Voldemort or he who must not be named, jumping jacks every time a spell is cast, etc. It’s loads of fun and you don’t feel horrible for watching 8 movies in a row. DO IT!

    • Dana Krangel

      Such a good idea! It’s like a drinking game but, you know…not at all.

  • Taylor Dudzinski

    I’m currently watching Breaking Bad while working out. I’m trying not to allow myself to watch it unless I’m being physically active, so the hours just fly by.

  • Billy Schmidt

    My favorite would probably be entourage. I’ve already seen the entire show like 4 times, so I don’t have to pay close attention anymore.

    • Anamaria Davila

      Heck yes! It’s my go to show for floor workouts & weights!

  • Sarah Reamon

    I went through a phase of Drop Dead Diva, then transitioned to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then Charmed and currently Spiral (which actually works out nice for the treadmill since the machine is loud and this show has subtitles). None of these would be considered **favorites** of mine which is good so I can pay attention to the workout somewhat too.

  • Monica Burton

    Sex and the City!!

  • Stephanie Amadeus

    The Newsroom. Definitely The Newsroom.

    • Dana Krangel

      I have to get on that one!

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