The Olympics are perhaps the best example of exercise on display. Hundreds of people from around the world in tremendous shape (well, maybe not the curling team) on display in our homes, most of which is in HD.
But the Winter Olympics, because they happen in the winter, doesn't inspire you to go out right away and do what they do on television. And watching sports on television can lead to increased eating.
When you combine the two, you get strong competitors for the olympics — the couch potato olympics.
So keep in mind that while you don't have international judges scoring you on how you eat and exercise during the Olympics, you still want to perform well, maybe even at olympian status.
The temptations flow in the lighter features as well. since the Olympics are in Canada, the spotlight has been on Canadian culture. For anyone who saw the segment on "Today" on poutine, and the multiple variations on poutine, resisting the Quebec treat would have been difficult.
Poutine, for those who don't know, is French fries covered in cheese curds and then smothered in brown gravy.
While you may try the Canadian dish at some point — to feel like you are in the Olympic spirit, just balance it out with some exercise. It could be jumping up and down when your country does well. Or taking time in the early part of the curling match to walk around the block, knowing you won't be missing much. You could DVR the NBC highlights and fast forward to the parts you want, leaving you time to move around more. If you sit for 4 hours straight watching highlights, you probably aren't moving around too much.
And if you do decide to visit Vancouver as a result of watching the Olympics, you will find a city where people move around in all types of ways, from great bicycle lanes to rollerblading to kayaking to swimming to hiking to skiing to snowboarding. Plus Stanley Park is an amazing place to walk around or spend the day hiking.
Capturing the Olympic spirit is wonderful, but don't forget the spirit to not slip up. The judges are waiting...