Turn it off! Watching TV is making you fat
Watching TV. We all do it, whether we admit it or not. We watch too much TV. Does this routine look familiar? Get home from work, change clothes, eat dinner, settle down on the couch for a few hours of TV. It happens right? You're exhausted from the day and all you want to do is relax. Unfortunately, I have a few disturbing stats for you.
-People eat 71% more while watching TV. Mindless TV watching, leads to mindless eating. Focus on enjoying your food, not the TV. -That ties into this stat. People who watch more than 19 hours of TV a week increase their odds of being overweight by 97%. That is just crazy! -This last one is the most troubling to me though. For every hour of TV beyond 80 minutes that you watch daily, your chances of developing Alzheimer's increases by 30%! The brain, just like your muscles, needs to be exercised. If you are turning your brain off for hours at a time during TV viewing, you will not be as mentally sharp. We got rid of our cable several months ago and have not missed it one bit. Yeah, I'm "that guy". Hundreds of channels and nothing to watch. It is amazing how you can fill your time with more worthwhile activities when flipping through channels or catching up on DVR'd shows is not an option. And an extra $100 in the bank every month doesn't hurt either. If you are watching too much TV, try this. Take 30 minutes out of your TV routine and go for a 30 minute walk. It takes burning a little energy to have energy. The more active you are, the more energy you will have. Break out of the couch potato cycle!
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