Wellness Pathway #141: Turn Off the TV

I’ve written before about the importance of being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day. Brisk walking, the most natural of exercises, is also a most healthy exercise. Sadly, even walking is beyond what most people manage to fit into their schedule. But television, now there’s something we have lots of time for!

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co. the average American watches 3 hours and 46 minutes of TV each day (that’s more than 52 days of nonstop TV-watching per year). By the age of 65 the average American will have spent nearly nine years glued to the tube.

In study after study, an inverse correlation has been found between television watching and physical activity. The more television a person watches, the less time they spend in physical activity. This contributes directly to the increase in a wide range of health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s.

A professor of neurology from Case Western Reserve University reports that television watching is the only activity that Alzheimer’s patients did more of earlier in life than their counterparts. Want to get healthy? Turn off the TV. Just about anything you do will be better for you.

Coaching Inquiries: How much television do you watch? Are you willing to reduce or even eliminate your television time? Could you go “cold turkey” or would you need to phase out, slowly? What action is right for you?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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