Do you remember your mother telling you that watching too much television wasn’t good for you? It appears as thought Mom may have been on to something. A group of researchers from Australia have found that every hour that a person spends watching TV increases a person’s chance of dying from cardiovascular disease by 18 percent!
TV watching isn’t the problem, exactly. It’s the act of sitting down to watch it that’s to blame. Many people spend their lives moving from one chair to another instead of having a healthy, active lifestyle. The conclusion the researchers came to was that too much sitting is not good for one’s health.
If you ever needed a reason to switch off the television and get off the couch, you’ve got one now. Instead of watching television for hours on end, find activities to do that will get your heart rate up and keep it there for several minutes at a time. Joining a gym is one option, but there are many others available.
Winter sports can be very enjoyable and are a great way to stay in shape. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking are all options. Skating is an activity that people of all ages can enjoy.
People who are interested in participating in a team sport during the winter months may want to consider joining a curling league. There are teams available for people who are just learning the sport, as well as those who are experienced players.
It’s great exercise and a way to meet some new friends, as well.
Warmer temperatures mean that there are more opportunities to get active. Jogging, cycling and swimming are all activities that can help to keep the heart healthy and lower the risk of heart disease. Basketball, volleyball and tennis are ways to stay fit while participating in activities with other people.
If you have been relying on watching television as a way to fill in your leisure time, perhaps it’s time to shut it off and make a positive change in your lifestyle.