By Alexa Joy Sherman
Between kids, career, and keeping the home fires burning, it's no surprise that plenty of couples spend most evenings and weekends collapsing -- or cozying up -- on the couch together. Blame it on the boob tube: A recent study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that adults who watch more than two hours of TV a day are more likely to be overweight or obese -- weighing 9 pounds more and consuming an additional 150 calories a day, on average -- than people who watch less than one hour daily.SLIMMING SOLUTION: Crank up your downtime.
Start a new healthy habit: Before dinner, rev yourself up with some activity and try to involve your spouse and kids as much as possible: Ride bikes, play Frisbee, walk in the park, or go in-line skating. Then eat together as a family without any distractions, making a conscious effort to focus on the flavors of the food and one another's company. Finally, vow to eat only in designated dining areas (the couch shouldn't be one of them!) and limit television time as much as possible. "There is no magic number, but in general, aim for two hours max a day," recommends Dr. Katz.