Here’s one to file in the “did we really need a study to tell us this” category. It seem scientists have determined that watching television really is hazardous to your health.
A recent study shows you should probably turn off the TV and go outside, as researchers found that people with a four-hour-a-day television habit were 46 percent more likely to die of any disease, and 80 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. But the study’s authors say the solution is not to go for a run or play basketball. “It’s not the sweaty type of exercise we’re losing, said study leader David Dunstan. “It’s the incidental moving around, walking around, standing up and utilizing muscles.” Even good aerobic exercise can be useless in the face of hours of sitting: “The implication of these findings is that the extraordinary amount of sitting can undo the good effects that we know are a benefit when we get regular exercise.”
What I found particularly interesting about the study is the kind of exercise noted: “walking around”, “standing up and utilizing muscles”. Hmmm, things like hunting and fishing, maybe? Sounds an awful lot like hunting and fishing, even low-impact hunting and fishing, is very good for you.
So I’m going to make a logical leap here and say – for your own good, mind you – that if you choose not to hunt and fish, you’re probably going to die. Don’t say you weren’t warned…