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How to have a healthy retirement

How to have a healthy retirement

Small changes that keep you fit. This week: switch off the TV.

Plonking yourself on the sofa to watch TV is one way to relax, but doing it too often can take years off your life. Australian researchers generated life-expectancy tables based on information from the Bureau of Statistics and a study of the TV viewing habits of 11,000 people.

They found that those who watch six hours of TV a day live an average of 4.8 years less than those who don’t watch any TV. Every hour of TV watched after the age of 25 is associated with a 22-minute reduction in life expectancy.

The beneficial effects of not sitting in front of the TV continue into old age. A study of 70 to 82-year-olds in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed those who moved more were up to 69% less likely to die within the study period.

The Australian Women's Weekly
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