Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Computers as well?


Here’s a report that details how watching too much television can severely affect your health. The article “TV's deadly effects: study proves box link to early grave” details:

''People who watch four or more hours of television a day have a 46 per cent higher risk of death from all causes and an 80 per cent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.''

My question is, doesn’t that perhaps also apply to computer usage? How many of us spend more than four hours behind a screen, sitting in the same chair everyday? Now imagine if you went from your chair in front of a computer to a chair in front of TV. You would certainly seem to significantly shorten your life span doing just that wouldn't you?

The most logical thing you would think you could do to counter such effects would be to exercise more. But:

''The risks associated with prolonged sitting are also not necessarily offset by doing more exercise, because in this study, even people who were exercising, if they also watched high amounts of television, they also had an increased risk of premature death.''

This means that you need to make sure you move around a bit at the office and in front of the TV. The article recommends that you get up and move around every 20 minutes or so.

I’m off to do just that now.