Many people come home from a hard day at work and plop themselves down in front of the TV for a few hours to “unwind.” It’s almost an American pastime, but can too much TV be bad for you? You probably can guess the answer to this, but in case you need reinforcement, here is what too much TV can do to you and what you can do about it.
Do you eat your meals in front of the TV or snack as you watch your favorite rerun of Friends? The problem with this is it leads to overeating. When the TV distracts you then you aren’t paying attention to what you’re doing and this could lead to mindless eating. If you turn off the TV you will probably not only eat less but also actually enjoy the food you’re eating more.
Childhood obesity rates have grown by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, and while TV can’t totally be blamed for this, it is a contributor. Watching a lot of TV often goes hand in hand with poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. It’s important that instead of plopping down together in front of the TV, you pursue more active activities for your family, such as going for walks, playing games or working in the garden together.
It may be a good idea to think about turning off your TV for an entire week. This will give you and your family a chance to experience life without the TV and find something better to do with your time.
Do you imagine this would be a hard thing to do? Consider how much free time you’d have if there was no TV, and then imagine all the fun and healthy things you could do to fill that free time! You could:
- Read a book
- Go to bed earlier
- Start a new hobby
- Cook dinner as a family
- Start a veggie garden
- Take a class
- Write a letter
- Hang out with your pet
- Make sack lunches for the whole family
So, give it a try for just a week. It honestly can’t hurt! Who knows? Taking that week and giving up the TV may just result in changing your viewing habits for the long haul. Less time in front of the TV means more time for the things, and the people, that mean a lot to you. So tune out and see where it takes you.
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