Great short article posted on the Nation Counsel on Strength and Fitness website- I had to share this one. This is yet another reason to get up and away from the couch and television for a while; especially if you sit at a desk all day at work. Next time you find yourself plopping down in front of the couch, I want you to consider how many hours of the day you spend sitting. I can guarantee you will be amazed by what you discover about yourself when you start tallying the hours spent sitting!
Watching TV Increases Disease RiskAccording to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2011), researchers at the Harvard School for Public Health claim to have quantified the effects of television watching as a risk factor for type II diabetes, death due to cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. In a meta analysis of eight studies, Dr. Frank Hu and associates found that for every two hours of television watching per day, risk increased 20% for developing type II diabetes; fatal cardiovascular disease risk increased 15%, and all-cause mortality risk increases 13%. For each additional two hours of TV watching per day the numbers of diabetes cases and the number of cardiovascular deaths increased linearly. All-cause mortality risk increased with three or more hours of television watching per day. Potential causes of the increased morbidity and disease were not examined in the study but the increase in sedentary behavior is proposed as a likely suspect. Although the association is with TV-watching, it is likely that television, computer activity or any other sedentary activity will be detrimental when making up large parts of the day without adequate offsets.
The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year)
In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years watching television
Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99%
Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household: 2.24
Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66%
Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
Percentage of Americans who regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66%
Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500 hours
(Journal of the American Medical Association,2011)
Now that it is summer, the weather is perfect in the evening for a stroll- even just around the block. Instead of sitting down at the end of the day, go for a short walk to clear your head and have some relaxation time. Don’t have anyone to go with? Get on to one of the dozens of social media sites out there and ask around. Find a neighbor or make a new friend on your block, agree to get healthy together and get out of the house. If you have a pool, go for an evening swim to get that blood flowing!