The television has a big part in every modern home. It is not just there for entertainment alone but also for information, education and experience. However, experts found a link between excessive TV watching to shorter life span. How is this? Sedentary lifestyle promotes obesity especially if you have a habit of uncontrollable munching while in front of the TV. If you couple this with smoking, your body’s deterioration rate will run in full speed.
Australian research: TV watching versus life expectancy
A research was conducted in Australia observing TV watchers since 1999-2000 to 2008. Their participants are adults aged 25 years old. They gather data from questioners and interviews. After the methods are done, they got an astonishing result! Most 25-year-old Australians spends 9.8 billion hours in front of the TV set throughout their lifetime. According to the research, an hour spent watching TV cuts 22 minutes of your total life span. Six hours a day of watching TV cuts 4.5 years from your optimum years. The 25 years old Australians should have lived through a hundred years if not only they spent their past times watching TV.
What are the favorable activities if you want to watch more TV?
The research about TV watching linked to shorter life expectancy may be true to those who are viewing sedentarily. This is a common practice among young and old generations alike. Typically, if you and your friends gather around the TV set, you typically munch along the hours until your favorite show ends or until you get tired of watching.
What should you do to cut this habit? Here are some simple gigs which can reverse the Australian research about TV viewing:
Multi-task. Don’t be lazy. You can watch TV while cooking, cleaning the house, doing the laundry or exercising. The benefit is double shot.
Cut that potato couch habit. Stop munching in front of your television. You are just inviting obesity by doing this. Obesity is the real culprit and not the physical television. Keep your BMR and calorie intake on check.
Watch healthy edutainment and workout CD’s. Use your TV for healthful purposes rather than just watching a program. Follow the exercise instruction. You will get the entertainment value and also you toned your muscles even for a few minutes.
How much can watching TV hurt your health?
Australian research equates the harmful effects of unmoving TV watching to the bad effects of smoking. It increases the incidence of heart attack and stroke. These two diseases are the highest count of causes of death due to sedentary living.
The television has provided both young and old generation good entertainment. Hooking yourself in sedentary position for a long time in front of the TV causes obesity and increases risk of having heart attacks. TV watching should be coupled with exercise and good choices of food to enjoy healthy living. .