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From “Jersey Shore” to “SportsCenter,” the TV guide offers programs for every taste and interest. However, studies show that tuning out in front of the tube can lead to a less happy and healthy lifestyle. Avoid becoming a couch potato by choosing thought-provoking programs and lying down or standing instead of sitting, especially if you sit all day at work.

Do it Today: Pencil in time to watch one or two interesting programs per week to stimulate the brain but avoid couch potato syndrome.

Get Moving:

Even if running’s not your thing, taking a stroll around the block can boost health.

Burn, Baby, Burn:

How to actually burn fat (hint: it’s not something from an infomercial).