Week 40: Think You Can Handle THIS One?!
Are you ready!? No TV for a WHOLE week! Can you handle the challenge?
Imagine all the stuff you’d be checking off your list if you turned the TV off.
How about spending time catching up with your family or friends? Going for a walk outside? Getting to bed on time and catching up on your zzz’s?
TV is great…. and it can be very entertaining and informative, but so are so many other things we may be missing out on.
And did you know that the average adult watches more than 33 hours per week?!
Watching TV has been linked to obesity, sleep difficulties, behavioral problems, lower grades, and many health issues.
Check out these interesting studies about the effects of TV on your health:
• A Japanese study published in Oxford Journals show that excessive TV-watching could change the structure of a child’s brain and cause lower verbal intelligence. cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/11/18/cercor.bht315.abstract
• An Iowa State University study found that students who watched TV for 2 hours or more per day were 2x as likely to suffer from ADD. news.iastate.edu/news/2010/jul/TVVGattention
• “Extensive research has confirmed the link between TV viewing and obesity in children and adults” hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/television-and-sedentary-behavior-and-obesity
Our bodies are not designed to be sitting and watching TV! Let’s spend our nights being active, spending time with family, and having fun instead of plopping down in front of the tube!
So that’s exactly why this week’s challenge is to turn the TV off, hide the remote, and forget that Netflix password for the week!