While watching television a great many people usually are eating snacks or even meals. When there is a commercial break that often becomes a snack retrieval opportunity. In fact snacking seems to take up a lot of people’s time and some people find time to make snacking such a priority that you might say snacking has become one of the nations’ favorite pastimes. People do it in their cars, at work, and even while walking down the street. There are some who may have to have the occasional snack for medical or other reasons, but no one needs to be constantly snacking all day long. You might say some folks are addicted to snacking! One of the situations to claim addictive snacking behavior is when people in a customer service position find the opportunity to put food in their mouth in-between talking to someone in an office setting or at a store. It is a bad habit and unimpressive to customers, to say the least. In fact it could be considered, just outrageously rude and expresses a lack of self-control. The habitual snacker(s) usually tend to have other issues which compel them to be munching constantly and such behavior often coincides with a severe case of a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately such behaviors often transfer to their children, but TV time is a great opportunity to break some of the irregular snacking behavior, by using some of that commercial time to get on the floor or stand up and do some simple exercises. After sitting or laying down watching until commercial time, get up and get that circulation moving with arm circles, high knee lifts, side bends, torso rotations, or the basic bend and stretch. Floor exercises, while lying on ones back, could include various leg and arm lifts; sit ups, raised legs doing ankle rotations or toe pushes. Then during the next commercial turn it over and do pushups, planks, or get on all fours for reverse leg raises, kick backs, or floor squats. The movement will also get you energized for the next segment by stimulating blood flow and promoting muscle tone. It may also keep one from falling asleep while watching those late night programs! Instead of the family eating their way through watching television on a daily basis, get them up and moving. Now is a great time to start a family fitness New Year’s resolution to break the sedentary behavior that has become detrimental to the health of many.
January 30, 2014