We are all guilty of curling up on the sofa and indulging in some tv, but spending more than 3 hours a day watching the screen could be detrimental to your health, reports a spanish study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The University of Navarra, Pamlona, Spain aimed to find a link between sedentary activities (watching television, using the computer or driving) and death. 13, 284 spanish graduates with a median age of 37 were assessed for an average of 8.2 years. The participants completed questionaires analysing their diet, lifestyle, BMI, smoking status and medical history.
Participants spent a daily average of 1.6 hours watching tv, 2.1 on the computer and 0.9 hours driving. During the study 97 participants passed away, suggesting a link between watching tv and death. No link was found between pc use or driving and mortality.
However, 97 deaths in a sample of over 13,000 people, over almost a decade, equates to only 0.7% of the sample, which isn’t alot. Perhaps the deaths had little to do with television watching and were coincidental.
On the other hand, being inactive for long periods of time is unhealthy, fact. “Television watching is a major sedentary behaviour, and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary beaviours” comments Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez , study leader and professor at Navarra University.
If you, like us, find yourself sat at a deck or staring at a screen for long periods of time, it is improtant to take regular breaks and ensure you get your recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week. Same goes for those who struggle to be parted from their beloved tv shows. Try exercising whilst watching, then you get the best of both worlds.
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