The Blog

How to Get a Full-Body Workout (During Commercials) While You Watch 'The Bachelor'

This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

Have you ever had a great time with friends ruined by the posting of a less-than-stellar picture of you on Facebook or Instagram?

This (almost) happened to me recently.

A few days after some serious fun with friends, I got a notification that I was tagged in a photo.

That's always fun, right?! I was excited to see the picture.

But when I clicked on it, all I saw was a fabulous-looking group of gals and... me.

The mind chatter began...

Oh my God! That's how I looked in that outfit?! I swore I was tanner and my curves didn't look like lumps. I wish I could blame it on the lighting, but I can't! Everyone else looks so great. Someone's got to delete this picture... like, right now! I'm going to un-tag myself.

Just as I was about to text my friend to delete the post, it hit me: I was letting this picture ruin an otherwise great day.

I was giving all my power to feel good away. And, to what? A picture. Silly.

In that moment, I decided to change my mind chatter...

You feel upset about this right now. That's okay. The true solution has nothing to do with un-tagging yourself or deleting the picture, though.

Annalicia, this is about you remembering that you can chose kindness towards yourself... even when you take unflattering pictures. You're not a problem to be fixed. This is not a "before" photo. You deserve to feel good NOW. You don't have to wait until you buy a cuter outfit or until you post a flattering photo.

Then, I did what I always do when I...

  1. Feel lousy
  2. Want to feel better
  3. But don't know how

... I hopped on my mat.

I brought myself through a few simple, but powerful breathing exercises. Then, did about 20 minutes of power yoga, a few Pilates ab exercises, and ended with a couple gentle stretches.

When I was done, just 30 minutes later, I felt like a different person. Nothing had changed with the photo, but I definitely felt better.

I had regained my composure, confidence, and clarity.

The whole thing reminded me: We have a lot of power to change how we feel, we just need to have the right "tools" handy.

Yoga and Pilates are my two primary, better-feeling "tools." They've changed everything for me.

  • I used to hate exercise. Now, I look forward to it.
  • I used to hate my body. Now, I appreciate it. (Most days.)
  • I used to struggle with a lack of confidence and an abundance of anxiety. Now, I know how to cope.
  • I used to think "healthy" meant being a certain shape or size, depriving myself of things I loved and constantly beating myself up. Now, I know it's simply about building habits that make me feel good. (And letting the rest, like rockin' it in a dress, be a fun "side effect.")

We all have a ton of legitimate reasons to not fit in a workout.

  • I'm crazy busy.
  • I'm a hot mess.
  • I'm tired when I get home from work.

But movement is powerful. It'll not only skyrocket your health, but also your happiness.

That's why I want to make it easy for your to squeeze a super-effective, full-body workout into your crazy-busy schedule, without having to sacrifice other things you love... like watching The Bachelor.

I think you're going to love this Pilates video! It's 30 minutes, total. However, it's broken up into multiple, 3ish-minute parts. Each one of these parts consists of super effective toning and strengthening series.

This video can be done from start to finish, as a regular, full-length (30-minute) Pilates practice. Or, you can split the 3ish-minute parts up to get a full-body workout while you watch TV. Each time a commercial comes on, hit mute on the TV and join me on the mat!

Annalicia is a yoga & Pilates instructor, health coach, writer, speaker, and founder of She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, and Cameron Diaz's Body Book Blog. Through her Free 21-Day Movement Challenge, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, and writings, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life's journey of lessons to share, she guides women on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they've always wanted - on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

Follow Annalicia On Social Media:
Connect with her on Facebook!
Say hello on Instagram!

Popular in the Community