The people who are of more age and see TV for more than five hours per day and described three or fewer hours per week of total physical activity had more than a three-fold more risk of physical disability and being unable to walk or having difficulty in walk at the end of the study that ran for nearly a decade.
This new study which evaluated all types of inactive behavior, as well as light, modest, and energetic physical activity, observed that prolonged sitting and TV watching was mainly harmful-especially when shared with low levels of total physical activity.
The lead author of the study Loretta Dipietro, Ph.D., MPH, Chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) said: “TV watching is a very potent risk factor for disability in older age. Sitting and watching TV for long periods (especially in the evening) has got to be one of the most dangerous things that older people can do because they are much more susceptible to the damages of physical inactivity.”
From the data NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, DiPietro and her colleagues analyzed some facts and figures. In this study, they kept the record of women and men whose ages are between 50 to 71 from six different states and two metropolitan areas. All the participants were at the start healthy. The starting years was 1995-1996. The researchers kept the record that how much these participants watched the TV, do exercise or did gardening, some sort of house work or involved in any other physical activity at the start of the investigation, and then observed participants for about ten years.
And at the end of the study, 30 percent of the participant who was healthy reported a movement disability-having trouble in walking or being unable to walk at all.
DiPietro said: We’ve engineered physical activity out of our modern life with commuting, elevators, the internet, mobile phones, and a lifestyle (think Netflix streaming) that often includes 14 hours of sitting per day. Our findings suggest that older people who want to remain fit must ramp up their daily physical activity and reduce the amount of time they spend sitting.”
He added, “To stay active and healthy as you age, move more and sit less throughout the day, every day.”