In 2016 we will…
Switch off the TV!
According to a survey conducted by Ofcom, the average person in the UK watches 4 hours of TV a day, which to me seems a really long time. I’m not even sure I would be able to find a spare 4 hours in my day, but actually when you break it all down, the odd half hour watching Coronation Street here and the odd hour catching up with Gogglebox there and before you know it you’re well on your way to 4 hours and beyond!
But what’s so bad about sitting in front of the TV after a hard day at work, chilling out in your PJs, dog on lap and digging into a family sized bag of Maltesers…? Well, the obesity crisis didn’t happen by itself now, did it?!
Nobody can deny that a small amount of TV is a great way to declutter the mind and unwind after a hectic day, but there are other ways this can achieved to much greater and with more beneficial effects. Just think about it, whilst you’re watching TV you could’ve been:
- Doing some exercise
- Walking the dog
- Having sex
- Learning something new
- Having a bath
Watching too much TV has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, increased blood pressure, weight gain and has even been linked to mental health problems in children. With winter fast approaching, the temptation to crash out in front of the TV of an evening is all too strong, but with 8 weeks until Christmas I for one know that I am going to spend my time exercising in a bid to fit into my sparkly dress for all the festive parties I;m hoping to be invited to.
Set yourself the challenge of cutting your TV time down and you’ll soon realise what you’ve been missing out on.