Monday, February 1, 2010

Get Off Your Ass

The results of a survey recently completed in Australia have been reported in mulitple sources, and the conclusion is not surprising; sitting around doing nothing is bad for you.

For each hour per day you spend watching television,  you have:

~ an 18% increase in the risk of death from heart disease

~ an 11% increase in risk from all causes of death

~ a 9% increase in the risk of death from cancer

If you spend more than four hours per day watching TV, you have:

~ an 80% increase in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease

~ a 46% increase in the risk of death from all causes

Even when researchers factored in other risks from complications such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor diet, the results were the same.

While the resesarchers focused on TV viewing, I think it is safe to assume that the risks are the same if you spend too much time knitting, reading, staring at the ceiling, or even blogging!

In any event, the message is clear. Get off your ass.  Live longer. Live healthier.

[Photo stolen from the internet]