Family watching television, c. 1958
Family watching television, c. 1958 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Body Tip How to add more exercise to your day: Watch less TV, or jump on a treadmill while you watch your favorite shows.

Have you watched TV today? If your answer is yes, then you have time to exercise! Many of us swear that we don’t have time for a daily sweat session, but research shows that the average household watches 4.5 hours of TV a day. People over the age of 65 spend 25 percent of their time in front of the tube. Weight-loss experts have found that getting their clients to count the hours that they spend watching TV or surfing the Internet makes them more likely to make time to exercise. Research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that watching TV for an average of six hours a day could shorten a person’s life expectancy by nearly five years. If you’re close to that number, try to wean yourself from your least favorite shows, and take up an active hobby instead. If there is one show that you especially enjoy watching each night, find a way to incorporate exercise into the time you spend watching it. For example, record a favorite show and watch it on a phone or iPad while at the gym. You might even tear an exercise routine from a magazine and do it during commercials. Or you could simply run in place, do jumping jacks or lift weights while you watch.


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