With fall football comes lazy Sunday afternoons, add in a pizza, some chips and dip and a couple of beers for 17 weeks and football can become very fattening. But it does not have to be that way.  Instead of eating foods that are less than healthy and piling on the pounds,  make the switch to lighter fare and disconnect yourself from the couch during the game.

We can actually use the many hours football watching to improve our health by doing some exercises during the game or commercial breaks. Sit-up planks, push-ups or even cardio - the possibilities are endless. Even if you just do it for the first half, it is better than doing nothing. Turn it into something fun with your friends or partner. Here are a few fun exercises you can do while players are in huddle, score a touchdown or make a good play.  Get into game day shape on game day. Forget the chips, and work those hips! 

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    Take A Knee

    When the players go in for a huddle: Stand facing your partner, and have him bend his elbows at 90 degrees, palms facing down. Put your arms on your partner’s shoulders and jog, bringing up your knees to hit his hands. After 30 seconds, switch off to complete one set.

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    Good Game

    After a good play,  Stand facing each other with feet shoulder-width apart. Squat deeply, then explode through your legs and straighten your arms overhead to jump up and clap both of your partner’s hands in the air. Land softly with bent knees back into the squat. Repeat 10 times. 

  • 3

    Goal Line Hops

    For a touchdown celebration, stand  behind an invisible goal line. With both feet together, hop forward and backward in quick succession over the line for 30 seconds.

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    Push-Up Hand Off

    If the ball gets taken by the other team, get into plank position and do a push-up with your chest coming almost to the floor and your elbows over your wrists in a goal post formation. Push back up to plank position. Can modify by doing these on your knees.  Do 15-20 reps.

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    Play Action Pass Off

    When the ball gets passed or thrown to your teams player,  lie on your back with a football in your hands, arms extended overhead. Have you partner lie opposite you with your feet touching. Crunch up using your abdominal muscles, and extend the football overhead to pass it to your partner. Both of you lay down to complete one rep. Continuing passing the football back and forth for 15 reps.