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Watching too much TV may cause premature death

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A lot of people think it's a joke to say that spending too much time watching TV can be bad for your health. However, this is no joke and in fact may be a life and death matter. Watching too much TV is actually linked to premature death reported Live Science on June 25, 2014. A new study has suggested that adults who watch a lot of TV may be at an increased risk of dying at a relatively young age.

Researchers have observed that adults who watch TV for three hours or more daily may double their risk of premature death due to any cause reports the American Heart Association in a review of a report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. It has been suggested by researchers that adults should give consideration to getting regular exercise, avoidance of long sedentary periods and decreasing TV viewing to one to two hours a day.

Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain says that television viewing is a primary sedentary behavior. He also notes that there is an increasing trend toward all kinds of sedentary behaviors. Dr. Martinez-Gonzalez says these findings are consistent with many previous studies where time spent watching television has been linked to mortality.

Dr. Martinez-Gonzalez also points out that as the population ages sedentary behaviors will become significantly more prevalent, particularly watching television. This creates an additional burden on the increased health problems which are related to aging. It has been noted that previous research suggests that half of adults in the United States are leading sedentary lives.

It is recommended by the American Heart Association that you do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week. Moderate to high intensity muscle strengthening is also suggested at least two days a week. This is good advice which should help people set better healthy priorities in their lifestyle habits.