I would like you to take a moment to think about how many hours of television you watch on a daily basis. One hour a day? Five hours a day? Chances are, you are watching too much television.
The issue with watching too much TV is that you begin to develop a sedentary lifestyle. According to Dictionary.com, sedentary is “characterized by or requiring a sitting posture,” or “accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise.” Essentially, we have a bad habit of sitting on our butts too much and being lazy.
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Headed by Dr. Lennert Veerman, he and his colleagues reported their findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study was based on an average of six hours of TV viewing per day, compared to a person who watches no television. Using data from the National Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, the research team generated life expectancy tables based on the viewing habits of the average Australian.
The research claims that sedentary behavior is as bad for your health as smoking and obesity, due to the dangers created by prolonged inactivity. Watching too much television puts you at risk of developing the same health complications as the aforementioned. A previous FamilyWize blog, Is Sitting Bad for Your Health?, reveals more about sitting and life expectancy.
|Some effects of watching television are|
eating unhealthy snacks!
So next time you are ready to sit down and indulge in a calorie-laden junk food fest, think about the possible unhealthy side effects. The affects of watching too much television and living a sedentary lifestyle may not be immediate, but that does not make them any less real. The choice is ours. Do we want that extra hour of TV, or 22 minutes to truly live?
|Get Active! Use TV to play WII or exercise.|
• Go for a walk/run
• Do some yoga
• Take a bike ride
• Go for a swim
• Use Wii, or Xbox
Food for thought - Healthy Snacks
• Fruit smoothies
• Cheese with a glass of wine (just one, don’t get carried away!)
• Nutty yogurt
• Celery with sunflower seed butter
• Peanut butter on a banana
• Homemade trail mix