Saturday, December 1, 2012

Early TV death?

Researchers from the University of Queensland report that for every hour of TV watched, after age 25, life expectancy dropped by 22 minutes. By comparison, smoking one cigarette reduced life expectancy by 11 minutes.

Those who watched the most TV a day-six hours-lived 4.8 years less than those who watched none.

One letter to the editor questioned if it’s just a coincidence that for every hour of TV, approximately 22 minutes are advertisements.

So…if/when enjoying a night of relaxation watching TV, every time a commercial comes up, drop to the floor and do some push-ups, sit-ups or run in place. Just don’t run to the kitchen for more snacks (my recommendation only).

Reference: Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsm.2011.085662

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