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Reasons To Back Away From the Television Screen

Reasons To Back Away From the Television Screen

By Susan Williams

If I told you that the average retiree watches 48 hours of television a week would that surprise you?

Well, according to an article published in The Wall Street Journal this is the case. In the post they shared that this was the number that was reported in the 2017 Neilsen viewing figures.

That is more hours then the average full time job.

As concerning as this statistic is, the actual potential risks of time spent this way is even more alarming. Here’s why;

Increased Risk for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Okay, it’s a big name but it basically means blood clots that can start in the veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs.

According to a report from Global News, they shared the following results of a study on this;

For their preliminary research, the team looked at 15,158 adults aged 45 to 64 years old, and found that the risk of developing a VTE for the first time was 1.7 times higher for those who reported watching TV “very often” when compared to those who watch TV “never or seldom.” Perhaps surprisingly, when compared with those who reported watching TV “never or seldom,” the risk of VTE was 1.8 times higher in participants who reported watching TV “very often” but who still met the recommended guidelines for physical activity.

VTE can be a very serious condition. You can read more about this on the Mayo Clinic‘s website.

Reduced Mobility

Do you ever find yourself sitting down to watch a television show for only a short time but end up staying much longer?

Well, you may not want to do this anymore and here’s another reason why.

In a study conducted by George Washington University, they discovered that the risk of watching more than five hours of television a day and having three or less hours of physical activity per week resulted in a three-fold higher risk of being unable to walk or having difficulties walking over the ten year study.

The lead author of the study Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) shared the following;

“Sitting and watching TV for long periods (especially in the evening) has got to be one of the most dangerous things that older people can do because they are much more susceptible to the damages of physical inactivity.”

Too Much Television May Impact Your Brain

If you still need more motivation to push the off button on your remote, how about this.

There was an article published in the Washington Post titled Too much TV could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s, study suggests.

In the article, they shared how researchers at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education in San Francisco looked at the association between sedentary lifestyles, cognitive performance and the risk of developing dementia.

Over a twenty five year span, the researchers studied 3,247 individuals and discovered that people who watched four hours or more of television a day had significantly lower cognitive performance results in middle age.

So, if you’re finding yourself slipping onto the couch and watching hours of television, you may want to back away from the screen.

Both your body and mind will appreciate it!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.