The debate rages on about how much TV children should watch. We already know that too much time in front of the box is bad for the kids, but what about us adults?
The answer is quite thought provoking actually. Research suggests that adults who spend too much time watching TV can actually reduce their life expectancy. According to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less. Heavy stuff, so how did they come to that conclusion?
Researchers assessed over 13,000 young, university graduates for around 8 years, and according to Science Daily, the risk of death was twofold higher for participants who reported watching three or more hours of TV a day compared to those watching one or less hours.
Part of the problem is the sedentary nature of TV watching. Not only do you sit still, it slows down your metabolism. The problem with too much TV is that it can become part of an unhealthy lifestyle and compound other aspects of a life where we already may not move around enough.
The trick is to avoid long sedentary periods, and reduce television watching to no longer than one to two hours each day. Add to this at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week and you can negate some of the effects of watching TV.
Many of us love that moment when we get to slump onto the sofa after a busy day. We switch on the TV and switch off from work and everything else. There is no reason why we can’t do so, the trick is to do it properly, keep exercising and obey the golden two-hour rule, and you can make sure your TV watching doesn’t affect you in a bad way.