Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TV...TV...TV...

I recently heard this stat. U.S. adults spend 5 hours everyday in front of the TV. Then, I heard another stat. People who spend 6 hours a day watching TV reduce their life expectancy by 5 years. Wow, that's a big number. That could be the difference between celebrating your grandchild's 13th birthday or celebrating his high school graduation.

Well last night I did sit on the couch watching the Biggest Loser all while eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, ( I did feel just a tiny bit guilty) but... sometimes a good sweet and a slouch on the old couch is due. Just not everyday.


This week's baby step to better health is incorporating this slogan. Just move a little bit and you're way ahead of the couch potato. So this week, lets try some of these activities WHILE we're watching our favorite reality show.

1) Move, maybe walk on the tread mill (or your favorite exercise equipment) in front of the TV. Exercise for 10 minutes, rest for 10 and repeat
2) Grab an old hoola hoop and give it a swirl. No doubt you'll be as entertaining as what's on the tube.
3) Get up every commercial and do some crunches, sit ups etc.
4) This could be a good time to fold clothes or iron with a few squats between

Be creative. I'd love to hear your suggestions. The more choices we have the more active we'll become and the healthier we'll get.

Leave a comment to share your ideas on ways to reduce the couch potato syndrome.
Give it a try, your body will thank you.










16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing those statistics. I'll keep that in mind whenever think about sitting in front of the TV. It's something we've been talking about around here lately. We want to significantly reduce our TV time. Even though it's mostly in the evenings, I realize I could be accomplishing so much more and feeling so much better about myself, my life, and be happier. It's kind of sad to think we could be losing years of our life by sitting in front of the tube so much.

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    1. Ya, too much TV is just too much! I'm on a bowling league with my son once a week, that helps me get away from Tuesday evening TV at least. Thanks for the visit.

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  2. I know how to reduce TV time to '0'!!!
    Do what I do==don't have TV--well--let me rephrase that--
    I now do have a TV--but it is my computer screen!!!
    and I occasionally watch a movie off a DVD--
    I have more trouble with the time I am on the computer--
    about 3 hours in the evening--well--that was before I added so many new ones to my blog list reading!!!
    but I also have a 'cat' that knows when it is 9pm and she doesn't let me work beyond that!!!!!!lol
    Hugs, Di and miss gracie

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  3. Cheers to you. You're not missing a thing and after this grow your blog party, who has time to watch TV anyway.

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  4. So true... for me the TV has never been a real problem, but I do have to be careful of my computer time. SO very nice to meet you, I will add you to my reading list. Thanks for visiting my blog. And yes, born in 61 I am a baby boomer!

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  5. Even if they prefer the couch, there are exercises they can do from there. Lifting 2 lb. weights to work the biceps. Another would be to place a 5 lb. bag of rice over an extended leg and bounce it up and down. It's a start, right? I'm with you, just start. Go easy at first. I began running last June. Love it! Nursing a little knee problem at the moment, so I haven't been able to run more than a couple of miles at a time for the past month. It's getting better every day, though. And now I've started training for a 10K in March. I'm hooked! Love reading your blog. Health and fitness is one of my favorite topics.

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    1. Love the rice idea. Good to hear you run. The most I've done is 3 miles. Of late I've been CrossFitting, love it. Hope your knee heals quickly.
      Sharon

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  6. I like your ideas. Winter evenings we do watch tv more. Usually I knit or stitch. The commercial break idea could help!

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  7. ah man ... do I have to??? LOL So glad to meet you through the Grow Your Blog Party and thank you for stopping by mine. I joined yours too ... guess I need reminding that horseback riding once a week is NOT enough. ;) I do like the hoola hoop idea though! I bought a couple at Wal Mart (not easy to find them these days) and I was dismayed at how bad I am at hooping. I used to make those things travel up and down the body! o_O But maybe they don't make hoops like they used to.

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  8. Interesting facts! I want to get rid of TV all together. I wonder if my other half would be up for it? :)

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  9. I have to admit...I watch too much tv! Esp. in the winter months. If I have worked that day...I don't feel too bad about sitting and crocheting whilst I watch! Definitely don't watch nearly as much in summer..so much easier to be out doing wonderful things like riding a bike or walking....but I think I may adopt the "doing something while watching" mentality. Love the ideas I get from reading your blog Sharon. XO

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  10. I am your newest follower, and came over from GYB. I am alos a baby boomer..and am also a Biggest Loser Fan, and trying to keep moving.. the rain in Washington is my challenge for outdoor walking..I hate rainy walks!

    Come visit me at The Pink Geranium, if you feel at home come along and join me too!

    Jan

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  11. I'm a lifelong runner, so to be granny! Although, I do also love me some tv!

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  12. Hubby and I are really enjoying Silver Sneakers. It's free because of our insurance. Check it out on silver sneakers.com

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    1. Thanks for the Silver Sneakers tip. I didn't know anything about this. Keep it up!
      Sharon

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  13. I have my treadmill jimmy-rigged to hold onto my laptop or a DVD player. I'm so glad to find your blog! I too am working to get healthier by eating better and exercising. =D

    Maybe you will visit me on Saturdays? The post on Sat is called "On My Way" and I try to do motivation and healthy tips for food and exercise. =)

    hugZ,
    annie

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