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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Health editor Janice Kerr has some advice for all of you couch potatoes who veg out in front of the TV for hours each night. -- AP

The best thing you can do for your health is to turn off the TV. The more you sit, the more you increase your odds of getting cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Too many of us sit all day at work, then come home and sit for hours in front of the TV at night. However, a study a few years ago found that overweight individuals who cut their TV viewing in half burned on average an extra 120 calories a day.

Yes, I know you’ve all worked hard during the day, and you’re entitled to some mindless down-time. Chances are, you won’t be giving up CSI or Dancing With the Stars any time soon. So why not try to have your mind candy and exercise, too?

Try this: get up from the sofa during the commercials and either dance or march in place while the advertisers are trying to convince you to buy a new car or switch your brand of toilet bowl cleaner. The average hour long program contains approximately 15 minutes of commercials. If you watch two hours of TV a night, that’s a half hour of exercise you’re getting in. The faster you dance or march, the more calories you’ll burn, but even walking in place or back and forth around the room during the commercials will benefit you.


Jane R said...

Does dancing with the dog count? Actually, I dance around the house (oldies, of course) and he looks at me like I've lost my mind. I get some exercise and he's entertained. It's a win-win situation!


Of course dancing with the dog counts. You could even dance with the dust bunnies! ;-)

Grace Mahan said...

I just like dancing and I get much satisfaction from it. Love dancing! Especially I dance in front of the mirror and in my best outfit! I know I am crazy but makes me happy. Anyway I am not coach potatoe!