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Turn Off the TV and Make Your Own Adventures

June 23, 2016 by HealthyFamiliesBC

What to do other than watch TV

Relaxing after a hard week to an episode (or two, or three, or maybe four) of your favourite TV show, with a first class seat on the couch…sound familiar? A little TV watching is OK, but binge watching episodes of your favourite show for hours on end is not all that healthy.

Here’s what I propose: instead of watching other people’s adventures on TV, create your own.

Being active, interacting with people and learning new skills helps make connections and engages you. In other words, you are in control of what you’re doing and seeing; you create your own entertainment. The screen, however, is more passive. You sit and the entertainment is provided to you by someone else.

How to Become the Master of Your Own Entertainment

I know opening that laptop screen or pressing power on the remote are pretty simple things to do. Creating your own adventures may seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and some imagination you can be the master of your own entertainment, and there’s no monthly subscription fee!

On weeknights:

It’s Tuesday night, you just put in a full day at work and finished dinner. Instead of sitting on the couch to watch your favourite TV series, try one of these ideas:

  • join a recreational soccer league and blow off some steam on the field
  • clear your mind by going for a bike ride or walk
  • let loose; cannon ball into a pool or play marco polo
  • have fun with your partner or a friend and learn to tango.

On weekends:

What a week! It’s Saturday morning. Save the ‘snuggle in with blanket and watch entire season of (insert show name)’ plan for a sick day. Instead, try one of these ideas. They’ll fill up your afternoon and keep you active:

Notice that a lot of these activities are outdoors? It’s no coincidence, being in nature has so many health benefits.

The take home message is, a little TV watching is fine but watching it for hours shouldn’t be a habit. Create your own entertainment with active hobbies. Watch one episode at a time, and then do something else. Let us know what you did – comment below!

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