And They Say TV Can Kill You!

by on June 16, 2011

in Entertainment

Harvard researchers (My uncle was president of Harvard for some years) discovered that watching a specific number of hours a day increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and subsequently, premature death to boot.

They talked about the premise of turning off the television and getting more exercise because television watching can contribute to sedentary behaviors but hey, sure, it can be easy to “relax” and watch TV… but that can be remedied.

It’s too easy to get into that routine. I can attest to the premise from my first marriage that watching TV can contribute at least an additional 20 to 30 pounds. And if we’ve ever seen The Biggest Loser or other weight watching shows, we know what the extra pounds can do to the human body.

If you’re worried about the pounds and the health complications, then get out and walk or do a slow trot.

I was never a runner.. and then one day I went around a 1/2 mile block…. That was it… a few times a week and I started losing weight. Then I started timing it… then I started wanting to bust my times. Then I was taking a longer block and starting the routine over.

Today I did just over a mile in under 15 minutes. That’s it. Not much time at all every other day. And then you can kick it and watch all the TV you want. Never mind all the pushups and situps you can muster while watching TV.

I’m just saying… Because one study says what they’ve seen, doesn’t mean they studied a variety of mentalities. TV doesn’t doom one to ill-health unless you are pre-disposed to permanent “relaxation.” It’s your health… manage it.

I’m just sayin’.

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