By Piotr Małek
This calculator shows how you could use your TV time in a more productive way
According to statistics an average American spends nearly 5 hours every day watching TV, closely followed by Japanese, Italians, Poles, Russians and so on. As a result many of us suffer from obesity, heart diseases and many other side effects. It’s comforting though that many, especially young people, start opting for other forms of spending their free time, often very active ones such as jogging, biking or even going for a walk. We definitely want more to follow as this will make our societies more fit and less prone to health problems. So here’s a tool that will show you the benefits of cutting some of your TV time and spending it in some other ways. You won’t regret it, guaranteed!
Biking instead of watching TV
A group of Dutch scientists ran a research which proved that biking on a regular basis makes us healthier and even prolongs our lives. We based our Bike Life Gain Calculator on their work and used exactly the same functionalities above. Based on your age and time spent biking we’re able to approximately tell you how on average it should prolong your life. We assume you bike at regular speed people commute, if you’re a pro and put much more effort into your rides we believe it should give you even more health benefits.
Jogging instead of watching TV
Here we used a simple for burning calories during various activities that takes into consideration so-called Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET). We’re giving you several options, starting from slow walks to sprinting at your top speed and here are all the options available:
walking (slow pace) – walk at the speed of 1-2mph (1.6-3.2 kph) – so a very slow stroll
walking (average pace) – averaging 2-2.5mph (3.2-4kph) – regular walk that probably won’t get you tired
walking (fast) – not running yet but moving at the speed of around 3.5mph (5.6kph)
jogging (average pace) – average jog at around 4.5mph (7.2kph)
jogging (fast pace) – this one is a bit faster and might get you tired at some point, average speed of 6mph (9.6kph)
running (very fast) – fast run at the speed of around 10mph (16kph). If you can keep up this pace for an hour or two – you’re in a good shape!
We used the following MET values and for both biking and running we assumed we use the popular equation that states that we lose a kilogram of body weight for every 7700 calories burned (keep in mind it’s a very approximate value). Formulas used here were featured before in our Pokemon GO Weight Loss Calculator
Reading instead of watching TV
If you’re not into biking or running or simply need one more activity to kill your free time, consider reading a book. At the average human pace of 200 words per minute you should be able to finish an average-sized book in roughly 5 or 6 hours. If you stick to your reading plan that could mean hundreds of fantastic books read every year. For this and other method of measuring number of books read check out also our Reading Speed Calculator.
Learning instead of watching TV
There are so many useful things you could learn in your free time. With the abundance of online courses you could learn a new skill, practice a foreign language or sign up for cooking or karate classes. Many of these things will make you a better employee, will allow you to meet new people, build great friendship and maybe impact your community in a good way. Try it out!
Please note that all the results from this calculator are approximate and depend also on your individual predispositions as well as external factors. We based the results on real data, popular formulas and researches so still they make a lot of sense.