Introduction: Why is TV Bad for You?
A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that the average American spends more than 4 hours a day with a TV in front of them. They also found that people who watched TV for more than 2 hours a day were significantly more likely to die from any cause.
In another study, they found that for every additional hour of television you watch each day, your risk of becoming overweight or obese increased by 20%.
This is because when you watch tv, you are inactive and have no muscles being used. This leads to an increased chance of being obese and developing health problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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1. Move Your Body Whenever the Show Gets Exciting
Doing small exercises can help you to stay active and destress. There are many exercises that you can do without leaving your seat. Stretching, simple arm movements, and sitting on an exercise ball are some of them.
1) Stretching: Simple stretches like leg lifts, calf raises, and arm circles will improve your flexibility. The exercises should be done for 30 seconds before switching to another.
2) Simple arm motion: With this exercise, you need to take care not to put too much stress on the joints. Lower one arm below your waist until it’s parallel to the ground, then lift it back up again with the other arm still lowered; repeat with opposite arms for a total of 10 repetitions on each side
3) Sitting on an exercise ball can help with lower back pain, improve circulation, and make it easier to do daily tasks. Sitting on an exercise ball can help with lower back pain, improve circulation, and make it easier to do daily tasks. The best part is that you can use an exercise ball in your office chair! Here are some ways to incorporate this simple upgrade into your workday:
2. Alternate Sitting with Standing
There are many people who have heard about the benefits of sitting down while working. Some people have even started sitting down while they watch TV or YouTube videos. But some people believe that being on their feet can help them be more productive and healthy.
Alternate Sitting with Standing is a technique where you alternate between sitting and standing positions throughout the day to improve your health and productivity.
Some of the benefits are better blood circulation, improved posture, increased calorie burn, increased focus due to being on your feet for short intervals rather than all day, etc.
3. Take a Walk Around the Room Once in a While
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Sitting for a long time can have a negative impact on our health. This is not just a theory but a medical fact. Just the same as we need to be physically active, it’s also important that we take regular breaks from sitting.
If you watch TV then there are two ways that you could stand up and walk around while watching TV – one way is to take a break, go to another room and come back when the commercial break starts. The other way is to walk during the commercials without getting up from your seat.
The second option can make it easier because you don’t have to interrupt what you are doing and it’s much easier because your hands are free!
Conclusion: You Can Still Stay Fit While Watching The TV
We all know that sitting on the couch for hours on end isn’t the healthiest of habits. But what if you could stay active while still watching your favourite TV show?
Here are some easy ways to make your TV time more active:
-Stand up and stretch every 30 minutes.
-Challenge yourself to do push-ups, crunches, or squats at commercial breaks. -Do a plank during a commercial break.