February 10, 2016
There are several tenets behind this blog. One of the main ones which is usually in the afterword of each post that has been penned within the landscape of this blog concerns individuals being cognizant of the choices they make, and realizing that they have more choices available than they oft-realize.
Every day, we make hundreds [if not thousands] of choices. Most of these choices are done on auto-pilot.
Examples of these are if a light turns red, you stop. Or if you’re hungry, you eat. Fairly straight forward.
With that said, many of these choices that many people don’t notice go on subconsciously. Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D essentially calls these subconscious programs. There are a myriad of ways in which these can play out, but for now, let us narrow the focus.
We are going to focus on just a handful of choices that the individual has, that can make them healthier, more efficient, and more knowledgeable, but are oft-overlooked because people do not realize they are available due to the choices being made on autopilot.
Let’s tackle time management.
Not an easy task, but it must be addressed because this is arguably one of the most overlooked choices a person can make because it’s automatic and not much deep thought if any is put into it.
In a previous post we named ‘What Is The Best Use Of Your Time’ we have addressed that the average person watches 5 hours of television a day. Please keep in mind, some estimates have gone even higher up to 6-8 hours a daily. Keeping with the more conservative estimate, let’s go back and hone in on a notable point of that article:
“In an entire 168 hour work-week where the average [full-time working ]person spends, 56 hours a week sleeping, and 40 hours a week working, that leaves one with 72 hours free. If one were to spend 35 hours a week viewing television, then that would leave 37 hours of free time. That’s nearly half of all of one’s available time spent watching television. That seems ludicrous, does it not?”
Now let us extend that reasoning onto its logical conclusion, since most folks are creatures of habit.
If one were to “only” watch “just” 5 hours of TV a day:
“That amounts to 1,825 hours per year. That is 18250 hours per decade, and 91,250 hours per 50 years. That’s a lot of time! Over the course of 50 years, the totality of the time spent watching TV daily amounts to 3802 consecutive 24-hour days, over that span. Or “just” 5 hours a day, for 50 years.”
Bottom line, that’s a that’s a metric ton of time used inefficiently. Are our lives really that tough that one needs to sit in front of a box half of all their free time?
Yeah, there will be arguments of decompressing, and needing to rest, and whatnot. However, there are many ways one can relax and whatnot that need not centre upon a television.
Let’s be precise, though.
If the average person spends 5-hours daily watching television, then they are probably sitting too much. Sitting too much has dire consequences for one’s health, as some of you may know.
In his article named Watching Too Much TV Linked To Early Death, Dr. Mercola elucidates best:
” If you watch television for three or more hours a day, your risk of premature death is double that of someone who watches only one hour or less, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1 The health risks of too much sedentary behavior, including too much sitting, are now widely known.” [Emphasis added]
An earlier study, published in 2009, also linked prolonged sitting with biomarkers of poor metabolic health, showing how total sitting time correlates with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other prevalent chronic health problems, which explains why it could easily increase your risk of premature death.
What’s interesting about the current study, however, is that it didn’t compare television watching to other more active activities… it compared it to computer usage and driving time – two activities that also involve sitting.
Somewhat surprisingly, computer use and driving time were not associated with an increased risk of death the way television watching was, which begs the question, is TV damaging to your health in other ways beyond sitting?
Those are quite the deleterious effects from remaining stagnant. Unfortunately, there’s more:
” While no link was found between using a computer or driving and premature death, for every two additional hours spent watching TV, a person’s risk of death from heart disease rose by 44 percent and risk of death from cancer climbed by 21 percent.3”
It’s rather peculiar that there was no link between computer use and health. With that said, the electromagnetic fields of computers cannot be discounted either. If you wish to learn more about how electromagnetic fields affects your health, and everything in nature, watch the documentary Resonance – Beings Of Frequency.
In the interest of being as thorough as possible, Dr. Mercola points out how one’s brains chemistry is affected greatly, and the longer this takes place the simpler it is for one’s brain to slip into a passive, receptive mode, which means messages are slipping into your brain without any conscious knowledge of you.
He further elaborates on the work of psychologist, Dr. Aric Sigman, who analyzed 35 different scientific studies on its effects on the viewer.
Furthermore, he not only found that watching tv not only creates an near narcotic effects, literally numbing areas of your brain, but:
“Watching television, irrespective of the content, is increasingly associated with unfavorable biological and cognitive changes. These alterations occur at viewing levels far below the population norm.
The risks Dr. Sigman revealed include:
|Obesity||Delayed healing||Heart trouble||Decreased metabolism||Damaged eyesight|
|Alzheimer’s disease||Decreased attention span||Hormone disturbances||Cancer||Early puberty|
|Autism||Sleep difficulties||Increased appetite||Limited brain growth||Diabetes|
That’s a veritable landslide of information concerning just one choice.
Many people will immediately think ‘I can’t stand 24 hours a day!’. That’s not the point of this. The point is to dust off the shelf of ignorance and put in it some knowledge.
By sitting less and less on a daily basis, and [hopefully] not watching any [or too much] TV, you are literally going to live a healthier life. That’s the bottom line.
Not sure about you, but now knowing the ill-effects of watching TV and sitting, it’s not even a choice so to speak.
Why not make standing as much as possible automatic? Why not ‘program’ yourself to do everything practical as possible to live as healthy and as long as you can?
The choice is yours.
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