Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Turn off the TV!

I know we all love our favorite programs (GLEE is my fav of the moment), but sometimes we do spend way too much time in front of the tube. Aside from it taking away from exercising, i.e. couch potato syndrome, starring at the screen for hours on end drains your eyes and your energy in general, which makes you tired and you lay down and just watch even more TV. It's a never ending cycle. The list below was borrowed from a member of my "Staying Healthy" group...Picture of Health. Please check it out if you're interested.

Turn off the TV, and…

  1. Learn about native trees and flowers in your area.
  2. Plan a picnic or barbecue.
  3. Go bird watching. Learn names of local birds.
  4. Walk the dog. Wash the dog.
  5. Plant a garden. Work in your garden.
  6. Take a nature hike.
  7. Feed fish or birds.
  8. Watch the night sky through binoculars; identify different constellations. Observe the moon.
  9. Learn to use a compass.
  10. Take photographs and then organize them into an album.
  11. Do yard work.
  12. Go Camping.
  13. Take an early morning walk.
  14. Climb a tree.
  15. Watch a sunset; watch the sunrise with a friend.

Turn off the TV, and…Part 2

  1. Listen to the radio.
  2. Write an article or story.
  3. Paint a picture, a mural or a room.
  4. Write to the President, your Representative or Senator.
  5. Read a book. Read to someone else.
  6. Learn to change the oil or a tire on a car.
  7. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  8. Make cookies, bread or jam and share with a neighbor.
  9. Read magazines or newspapers. Swap them with friends.
  10. Go through your closets and donate items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local rummage sale. Have a garage sale.
  11. Start a diary or journal.
  12. Play cards.
  13. Make crafts to give as gifts. Try a new craft.
  14. Do a crossword puzzle.
  15. Save money! Cancel your cable TV!
  16. Learn about a different culture. Have an international dinner.
  17. Teach a child some of your favorite childhood games.
  18. Study sign-language.
  19. Write a letter to your favorite author.
  20. Cook dinner with friends or family.
  21. Make cards for holidays or birthdays.
  22. Play chess, bridge or checkers.
  23. Play charades.
  24. Have a cup of coffee and a conversation.
  25. Repair or refinish a piece of furniture.
  26. Make a wooden flower box.
  27. Wake up early and make pancakes.
  28. Read a favorite poem.

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