Why Do You Sit On The Sofa Watching TV While You Get Bigger and Bigger?
Are you a couch potato? Most people continue to lounge on the sofa watching TV, getting bigger and bigger everyday. Most overweight people feel that a serious workout routine is out of the question, mainly because of the present condition of their body.
This seem like a legitimate excuse, but you can improve your health no matter how out of shape you are.
What is the meaning of couch potato – it is when you spend too much of your precious time lounging around on the sofa – usually watching TV. This time be spent with you up, moving around or doing something else constructive.
A study was conducted at Duke University, in Durham NC of 133 overweight self-proclaimed couch potatoes. Each of the participants were given a – three to four times weekly – workout routine that lasted for nine months.
The workout routines ranged from light walking to jogging and sprinting at different levels of intensity.
The surprising findings were; all of the participants lost an average of three pounds and all of the participants increased their levels of endurance and their overall cardiovascular fitness level.
The people whose workout routines were of the greatest intensity (long distance joggers) had the most improved aerobic abilities.
How to not be a couch potato
You can start by walking around the block three or four times a week, it is better than doing nothing at all. As time goes on and as you put in more and more time on your exercise routine, you will soon be jogging around the block, with ease.
Get up and run in place during commercials. This will help your body get ready to do some real exercise as you get used to moving more.
If you insist on sitting there during a two hour movie, do leg lifts and stretches periodically to get your blood flowing.
It does not matter what you do as long as some of your time is spent being active. The more active you are, the more active you will want to be. Start slowly and work your way up to increased activity.