Couch potato: (n) a person whose leisure time is spent watching television.
Quietly listen or observe the contradictions around you and you will be able to accurately assess what is true and what is just the present jabbering fad.
For I will tell you, it is completely impossible to be so busy that you “just don’t know what you’re going to do,” and still have enough time to binge-watch a television show or an Internet series.
In similar fashion, it is highly unlikely that we are on the verge of equality between men and women when every romantic comedy has a female protagonist who is completely dissatisfied with her life of business success and financial gain, but according to the plot of the screenplay, must find a man or she will be despaired.
Likewise, be careful listening to those who threaten that couch potatoes—people who spend more time sitting than moving—are in great danger of shortening their lives.
It’s a toss-up.
I’ve met people a hundred years old who worked hard all their days—and just as many who may have never actually gotten out of a chair.
There doesn’t seem to be any universal reasoning for who gets heart disease, the big C, a stroke or any other variety of deadly disorders simply based on whether they rose from their couch and walked around more than anyone else.
Matter of fact, I have bought potatoes at the store, put them into my pantry, and come back many weeks later and found that they were still edible. Potatoes seem to have an impressive lifespan.
So beware those who think they can sum up everything in life with an exercise program or people who think what you eat doesn’t make any difference at all.
Here’s a clue—an idea that just might have legs and feet:
If you’re planning on binge-watching something like “Game of Thrones” for the next eight hours, just make sure you’re snacking on salads and seeds instead of pizza and Big Macs.