Too Much TV Can Slow You Down

Walking to school, work or even the gym, how fast is your typical pace? A study of adults in the United Kingdom between 48 and 92 years of age suggests the amount of time you spend watching TV can have a significant impact on walking speed. Findings were published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Researchers analyzed responses from 8,623 subjects enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer between 1998 and 2000 then again from 2006 to 2007. They found a strong correlation between time spent watching television and typical walking speed. Those who watched less than 2 hours a day walked significantly faster than those averaging more than 4 hours a day parked in front of the TV.

True Strength Moment: If you aren't sprawled on the couch watching TV, chances are you're on your feet engaged in some form of activity. Whatever that activity is, if it's helping to put a spring in your step it's likely to be more rewarding than anything you could be watching on the tube.
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