Friday, December 18, 2009
What are you going to watch?
Winter, it seems, is here with a vengeance. The temperature when I woke up this morning was a bracing 12 degrees (Fahrenheit for all you international readers). This time of year inspires really only one thing in me, hibernation. For years, my plan for ursine-like-repose has been to set myself down, wrapped in a blanket, (No Snuggies for me, I'm a traditionalist.) and watch TV. Well, it seems I need to rethink my plan. Two recent articles have made some damning revelations about the "boob-tube."
From this summer:
Watching TV: Even Worse for Kids Than Youth Think.
It seems just the act, or inaction, of spending quality time with Sponge Bob actually dramatically raises a child's blood-pressure. At this rate we'll have to have chewable Beta-blockers.
Also, just yesterday:
How Less TV Changes Your Day
University of Vermont researchers figured if more TV was bad, less TV was good. They were right, beyond their wildest expectations. As the study shows, simply watching less TV led people to be more active and in being more active burned an average of 120 more calories a day. With a little simple math...
120 * 365 days = 43,800 calories a year / 3500 calories in a pound of fat =
12.5 pounds of fat a year...just for turning your TV off for a few hours a day.
Well, being a 30 something male with a few pounds to loose, I guess its becoming clear...my winter will be less TV and more naps.