Why Turning Off The TV Could Save Your Life

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Why Turning Off The TV Could Save Your Life
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Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly may not be enough if you’re looking to stay healthy in the long term.  You will probably want to keep your television viewing and web surfing in check as well if you want to live a long and healthy life says a new study.

The study, conducted by a group of international researchers and reported about on ABC News, reveals that people who watch TV, surf the web, or play video games for a period of time totaling 4 hours or more a day actually increase their chances of suffering a heart attack and stroke by 113 percent compared to those who spend 2 hours or less performing these activities.  People who spent 4 hours or more viewing TV’s or computers also increased their risk of death by  about 50 percent.  

One interesting aspect of the study is that it doesn’t seem to matter whether the TV viewers worked out or not, they still suffered the same health risks when they watched 4 or more hours.  The study’s lead author, Emmanuel Stamatakis, explains why he believes so many people who sit in front of the set for 4 hours a day end up with health problems.  Stamatakis says, “Assuming that leisure-time screen time is a representative indicator of overall sitting, our results lend support to the idea that prolonged sitting is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and premature mortality.  Doing some exercise every day may not compensate for the damage done during very long periods of screen time.”

One reason watching so much TV can be bad for a person is that the act of sitting burns very few calories.  Simply standing or shifting your weight from side to side is actually double the metabolic rate as sitting.  People who sit in front of a computer at work all day and then go home and park themselves in front of the TV seem to be especially at risk for cardiovascular problems.  

What do you think of the latest study revealing TV viewing can be bad for your health?

Do you spend 4 hours or more a day watching TV, surfing the web or playing video games?

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  • Turintr By Turintr
    02.28.11  

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  • amandastacy By amandastacy
    02.08.11  

    Im in trouble then!

  • mimariposa11 By mimariposa11
    02.06.11  

    My knees agree with this study. After sitting on the couch with the laptop in position for a few hours it is an old creeky woman that stands up to go relieve herself. I have a stationary bicycle that hasn't been ridden but a few times this winter. Think it is time to get back on and peddle some fluids back into the knees...

  • jlynna By jlynna
    02.02.11  

    I agree with Smoaksmom above. It is about the inactivity NOT our viewing or internet habits.I LOVE to websurf but also exercise everyday. Why not have the best of both worlds.

  • carden123 By carden123
    01.28.11  

    We need to take breaks from all the electronics this day an time and enjoy family.. Read more and enjoy the outdoors more often..

  • randyp By randyp
    01.27.11  

    To increase the benefits of your workout, turn off the television and put on some music! You expend more calories when you exercise to music!

  • shelly_noble24 By shelly_noble24
    01.22.11  

    i am not to sure about this study.i think the people who exercise more wouldnt be at such a great health risk as those who dont and are inactive more.

  • RissaG By RissaG
    01.21.11  

    I agree. Inactivity is the cause. I think that when this type of research is done they need to elaborate more.

  • smoaksmom By smoaksmom
    01.19.11  

    A bit misleading. TV, computers, etc are NOT the cause. Inactivity is. However, people probably have a hard time realizing how very inactive they are. What if we made it the new trend to use your laptop at a podium? Perhaps that could be the new way of doing things at work? Keeping people on their feet. Then we would have lots of reviews for good shoes!!

  • justwriting By justwriting
    01.14.11  

    That sucks for me since my job requires I sit and work in front of a computer all day.

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