A recent study has found a correlation with watching a lot of television and decreased life expectancy. This means that there seems to be a connection between excessive TV viewing (i.e., more than three hours daily) and shortened longevity. But this does not mean that watching a lot of TV causes decreased life expectancy. The study just determined that there is a correlation and that's all. Nevertheless, it is eye-opening to think that watching a lot of TV may shorten your existence on earth. The risk of heart disease, cancer, and premature death increased with excessive TV viewing. Of note, those that watch a lot of TV tend to eat less healthy foods (i.e., sugary, processed foods). Of course, if you watch a lot of TV you're not very active--certainly puts you at increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
BOTTOM LINE: Watch less than two hours of TV daily and get out there and exercise to live a longer life.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.