Are you all set for this Sunday? Got your jersey, snacks, and a great group of friends to enjoy the game with? This year’s Super Bowl promises to bring even more excitement to the West Coast as our neighbours to the south and closest NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, battle to defend their title as NFL champions!
Even those of us who aren’t diehard fans will likely participate in the annual ritual and let’s face it, it’s another excuse to have a party! As the spouse of a Seahawks fan, I’m often drawn into the games, but find the constant start-stop action and pauses for commercial breaks frustrating! During the Super Bowl, these commercial breaks are even longer (they’re known for their creative advertising) and they host a long, star-studded halftime show which, for many, is the highlight of the game.
So I ask you, what do we do with all the down time? Even though each quarter is just 15 minutes long, the average game can last up to four hours! Bathroom breaks aside, we all know that is way too long to be sitting. In fact, we’re starting to see more promotion of standing in the workplace (I’m standing as I type this), but what about at home? How many of us go home after a long day and just flop on the couch for hours on end? Is the Super Bowl just another group-sanctioned excuse to veg out?
It doesn’t have to be this way! My challenge to you is to make halftime (and commercial time) count! Get up and move around. Anyone can do it. You don’t need any fancy equipment. Just stand up. And no, that doesn’t mean you should go outside for a smoke break! Let’s face it, if you can last four hours without smoking, then you’re already on your way to quitting!
During the down time, make an effort to get up, stretch, and walk around. Why not even go outside and toss the pigskin around for a few minutes with your pals? With all the nice weather we’ve been having, for most of us in northern B.C., we can’t even complain that it’s too cold!
Looking for more creative ideas to get moving?
- Celebrate touchdowns with your own endzone dance. There’s no such thing as excessive celebration in your living room!
- Switch from sitting to standing each time possession changes.
- Challenge a buddy to a pushup contest – see how many you can do during one commercial!
Make the most of your halftime and encourage others to join in. Support your team by getting on your feet and look to those guys on the TV for inspiration. They certainly didn’t get to where they are by sitting around!
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About Holly Christian
Holly Christian is the NH Men's Health Coordinator. Previous to this, she worked as the school nutrition lead for Northern Health’s population health department. Her passion for food and health promotion drew her to the nutrition field and she relocated to northern B.C. from the east coast. Although she has fully embraced northern living, she enjoys the warmth of the sun and the sound of the ocean. She stays active by training for triathlons, and is looking forward to this year’s community garden harvest – a personal experiment that is so far succeeding!