Do you find yourself glued to the screen, whether it’s your computer or TV? It could be packing on pounds.
Researchers found a direct link between spikes in technology usage and increases in obesity rates in 27 countries between 1988 and 2009.
Specifically, the increase in "screen time" was cited as a major factor, meaning time devoted to using computers, watching TV and playing video games.
Technological innovations, more processed foods, a greater amount of ‘screen time,’ less exercise, and higher consumption of snack foods have all played a role. These are all the adverse effects of a knowledge-based society.
Here are some easy tips to cut down on your screen time today:
Stick with the shows you LOVE. You should limit yourself to one hour a day of your favorite show.
You can also watch movies and shows at the gym.
Can’t make it to the gym? Get moving while watching TV.
Beware of mindless snacking! Snacking in front of Modern Family and snacking at your desk while you work both add to the problem. Avoid bringing snacks to the couch or your desk. If you do need a snack, go for crunchy vegetables or air-popped popcorn, and limit your high-calorie treats to small snack bags once in a while.
Get up and away from the computer. For people who work in front of a screen all day, getting moving can be a challenge, but you gotta do it. Get up every 20 minutes to prevent the slowing down of your metabolism. Move the other room, walk up and down a flight of stairs or go to the next cubicle to chat."
Do your social networking … in person! The next time you want to make contact with a local friend, make a date for a walk in the park instead of "liking" her latest photo. Face time and fresh air — what a concept!