Americans watch on average more than 5 hours of TV per day. Our biggest obstacle to living healthy lifestyles appears to be the chair or couch we sit in to enjoy our leisure time.
- Researches in Australia found that “watching TV or videos for an average of six hours a day could shorten a viewer’s life expectancy by almost five years.”
- When originally designed, the TV was sold as a tool for teaching us new and exciting things. It still delivers on that promise, especially if you want to watch others sweat or find out about the lives of people you may never meet.
- The actual watching is not the issue; the sedentary lifestyle of sitting down and not moving is what they are commenting on in the research.
It takes effort to do something other than to come home from work and relax in front of the TV or your favorite video game. When my favorite teams are playing, I will often watch to see how they are doing and because I get up early in the morning, I generally have to watch the highlights the next day as I cannot stay awake to see the entire game. I have also missed several games because I am at the dojo or somewhere else being active and not glued to my seat, like I am now while I am writing this blog.
Here are three steps to overcome our biggest obstacle:
- Make a commitment to do something more than you are today. Coming home and being entertained prevents us from becoming happier with our lives.
- Getting up and trying something will actually improve our lives.
- According to the studies, teenagers actually spend more time investigating life and being active than adults.
- Retirement age adults spend the most time avoiding activity and watching TV.
- Learn something new daily.
- Karate exposes you to opportunities to learn. In class we are constantly being challenged to perfect ourselves and get in shape.
- I hope to daily reclaim time from inactivity by cutting down on the time I spend idle and committing to the next belt and the karate program.
- Apply the learning to change your world.
- All change begins with us, the one in the mirror in the morning.
- All of us are going to fall at some point in our lives. The older we are when we fall, the harder it is to get back up. One of the fundamental skills we teach is how to fall and get back up.
- As we age, we need to get back on our feet and shut out the negative influences in our lives.
How about you? The next time you sit down at the TV or computer take note of the time you sat down and the time you got up. This blog writing has taken me 45 minutes to complete. Track that time for a week and let us know in the comment section how long you are idle on average each day. Can you reduce that time?
A friend of mine who recently retired is planning on joining me at the dojo for a first class in the next week. I am looking forward to helping him keep in shape while he sharpens his body and mind. When we are training, we no longer have time to sit and be inactive. I am looking forward to seeing you in the dojo soon!