Physical activity has become inaccessible to many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people spend their time in apartments and even such simple activities as walking are a thing of the past. Lack of opportunity to spend time outside and lead an active lifestyle force people to spend time in front of the TV or gadgets.
If you have to spend time at home, then this is not a reason to spend time in front of the TV. Also, research shows that people who spend more than 2 hours in front of the TV are at risk of worsening health.
Scientists conducted a long-term study in which about 500,000 people, aged 37 to 73, took part. Their health condition was within the normal range for their age, and they did not have any serious chronic diseases. For 12 years, scientists have observed how the environment and lifestyle affect human health.
As a result of the study, scientists found that people who spent more than 2 hours in front of the TV had a higher risk of developing heart disease and cardiovascular system than those who watched TV for less than 2 hours.
Scientists have concluded that reducing the amount of time you watch TV per day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and deaths by 8 percent. This is a fairly high percentage, especially in the conditions of modern life.
Watching TV is not a cause of ill health. The reason is a sedentary lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time watching TV or the Internet, playing video games, or just lying on the couch all the time, then this affects your health negatively. Just watching TV is the most affordable and easiest way to relax for most people. The TV is not harmful to health, it only creates conditions for a sedentary lifestyle.
Also, you need to remember that factors such as diet, sleep, and stress have a huge impact on your health. Therefore, do not make the situation worse by sitting in front of the TV for a long time. Create an active life that will be full of movement, and your body will be grateful to you.
We recommend that you add a few simple habits to your life that will make your life more active.
The best way to increase physical activity is by exercising.
Choose the sport that suits your health condition and exercise at a pace that suits you. You can choose several types of workouts and alternate them throughout the week. Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to exercise.
Also, try to move more throughout the day. Do routine work, walk to the store, and, if it is possible, walk every day.
Scientists argue that physical activity is one of the effective methods to prevent the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system and premature aging.