How to Get Fit While Watching TV
Sitting too much is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Watching whole seasons of your favorite show may sound like the perfect Friday night, but you’re putting your health at risk after just a couple of episodes. You are literally sitting yourself to death. More than 11 hours a day in this crunched position, increases risk of premature death by 40 percent.[slideshow:87171]
And that’s not all. A study that looked at more than 4 million individuals and 68,936 cancer cases concluded that sitting for long periods of time increases your risk for colon, endometrial and possibly, lung cancer.
Many people lead a sedentary lifestyle. About 25 percent of adults in the country are not active at all, according to the CDC. Aside from the gym, your home is where you can freely work out. Physical activity reduces the risk of backaches, stiffness, headaches and many chronic diseases.
You don’t have to choose between relaxing and staying healthy. You can easily kill two rabbits with one stone. The obvious choice is using a treadmill or an elliptical, which can be a weight loss machine, in front of the TV, but turning your living room into a fitness center is expensive and unnecessary.
Putting exercise videos and shows on is another option, but that means you’re not watching movies or anything else that is a lot more fun.