Don't change that channel!  

In fact, go ahead and put down that remote channel altogether. Now get up and walk away. Ah, now doesn't that feel better?  

It should. Two new studies show that turning off the TV can help you trim down and live longer.

According to a new Australian study, people who watch more than four hours of television a day are 80 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who watch two hours or less. Add that to the results of a smaller U.S. study that found that overweight adults who cut their daily TV time in half (from 5 to 2.5 hours) burned more than 100 extra calories each day, even if they weren't exercising. Suddenly, you've got two great new reasons to turn off that tube.

Not sure what else to do with all of that free time?

Check out this post of great ideas for fun, green, family-friendly activities for summer.

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