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Monday Media Scoop: Can too much TV be just as bad as smoking?

August 22nd, 2011

You heard it right! Australian research has found that relishing in that couch potato lifestyle can have as much damage on your body as do smoking and lack of exercise. The online Australian news article, written by Greg Thom, goes on to say that watching TV for six hours a day could potentially take five years off of your life.

In 2008, researchers estimated that Australians over 25-years-old watched nearly 9.8 billion hours of TV. They then calculated that every hour spent watching shortened viewer’s life expectancy by 22 minutes. It was from these figures they generalized that “watching TV for six hours a days could take off five years of your life.”

Numerous research studies have shown that lifelong smoking can decrease life expectancy by four years for those 50 years and older.

“Using the same risk framework designed to monitor the impact of too much TV, the study calculated just one cigarette could cut 11 minutes from smokers lives – equal to watching 30 minutes of TV,” says Thom.

The authors of the Australian research report say that because watching TV is a universal pastime, which consumes large quantities adults leisure time, its effect are significant on our population’s overall health.

So get off that couch and turn off the TV! The great thing about this finding is that it’s completely avoidable. Go for a run, hit the gym, play with your dog, or pick up a new hobby. There are a million ways to spend your time that will benefit your health and actually prolong your life!

And one more thing, don’t forget to wear your Hyper Vest PRO while exploring new avenues for excitement!

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