With my quest to jump start my health this year, I pay attention to how often I sit. My desk is tall so I stand most of the day while working. Most evenings I’m active with meetings, events or doing things around my home. But at least twice a week, I find myself in front of my TV catching-up on shows I’ve recorded on my DVR. For those extended periods of catching-up – which I admit can be over two hours – I find myself lounging on my recliner. While it’s comfortable and satisfies my need to veg, I knew I needed to do more while binge-watching (i.e., stop sitting and start exercising). But my motivation was lagging. I needed something to jump start it.

And there it was. While watching an episode of Shark Tank – yes, it was during my binge-watching – there was an easy solution to keep moving while watching TV. A mother-daughter team was pitching a fitness board which works your core. It’s the Simply Fit Board. I immediately jumped up from my recliner and ordered it online. A new fitness gadget was what I needed to jump start my motivation to do more while binge-watching.

Since its arrival, I alternate using the fitness board, lifting weights and doing other exercises (planks, push-ups, squats, etc.) while binge-watching. I knew buying this new fitness gadget would jump start my motivation. It’s like buying a new toy for a kid. Even though the fitness board is no longer new, I’ve gotten into the habit of exercising while binge-watching.

It takes a lot of motivation to do more while binge-watching, but it’s doable. Find something to motivate you into this habit. My motivation was buying a new fitness gadget. You don’t need to break the bank when buying something. Start small with a fitness gadget or even an app on your smartphone. Just make an effort to stop sitting while binge-watching. Get up from your sofa and walk in place, lift weights or do other exercises. Remember, staying healthy will lower your health care expenses in the future.


Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and as a financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”