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The Perils of Couch Potato Syndrome

Playing video games and watching TV may be fun. But too much of anything can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Of course, you know that exercise is important to stay fit and physically healthy. But did you know that exercise can also improve your mood?

I Get Depressed

Do you ever feel depressed? Do you sit around all day in front of the TV or computer? You may not know that the two are connected. Research has shown that getting a little bit of exercise each day can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. As little as ten minutes of physical activity can improve your mood for the day. Why? Because exercise increases endorphins—the body’s natural anti-depressants or feel-good chemicals—within the body.

I Hate Exercising

Exercise sounds like a chore. But it doesn’t have to be, honestly! You don’t have to jog or lift weights if that’s not your style. You can walk your dog, go to the park, play frizbee, shoot hoops or play street hockey. You can crank your music and dance around your bedroom. You can go swimming, ride your bike, practice your kickflips—just about anything! With summer just around the corner, why not take advantage of the sun while it’s here. You have all winter to stay glued to the couch.

Sofa Boy

Scott Langteau wrote a hilarious children’s story about a boy who refused get off the sofa. Day after day, he watched TV or played video games, until one day he discovered he was stuck! The sofa’s fibers clung to his arms, legs, back and head until he and his cat became one with the furniture. In the end, the boy looked longingly out his window at the kids outside and knew that he’d never again have the chance to play.

If you or someone you know is becoming a couch potato, grab a copy of Sofa Boy. It’ll either make you laugh or scare the laziness right out of you!

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