2 Hours of Less of Screen Time

2 Hours of Less of Screen Time

 In America, we spend half of our free time watching TV. Behind work and sleep it’s the most time-consuming thing we do. In fact, the average American household has more TVs (2.73) than people (2.55)! And that doesn’t even take into account computers, smart phones and video games. The less active we are, the less healthy we are, and spending time in front of screens is one of the biggest contributors to keeping us from a more active lifestyle.

 There are two main ways to help cut back on screen time:

  • Limiting your access
  • Making screen time, when it does need to happen, a more active experience by dancing, jogging, jumping jacks or crunches during commercial breaks

First, studies have shown a correlation between obesity and having a television in the bedroom, so leave the TV in a common space to avoid the temptation. Additionally, make a commitment to do something active and fun with your family:

  • Go for a walk
  • Garden
  • Play with family members, friends or even pets 

When the TV is on, turn those commercial breaks into active time. There are plenty of ways to get off the couch and do a quick exercise like jumping jacks, crunches, dancing, or jogging in place when the show or game takes a break. Those bursts of physical activity add up and can help you get to the recommended 60 minutes per day. So remember, plan something fun instead of looking at a screen and when you are watching your favorite show, get up and be active when it takes a break. 

 

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