I know this can be a difficult topic. So much as been written about how bad TV watching can be for you. I don’t need to list all of the statistics and studies that show how watching tv can expand your waistline, rob you of sleep, aid in eating more junk food, and result in less satisfaction in life. But I also understand that sometimes after a long day at work, juggling the kids’ activities, and trying to do it all – sometimes it just feels good to lay on the couch and binge watch your favorite show.
I’m not here to tell you to stop watching TV. Rather, here are five easy steps you can take to make TV watching healthier, so you don’t have to feel guilty:
1. Watch an actual TV and avoid tablets or laptops, it’s easier on
Watching a laptop or tablet up close can cause eye strain and a temporary condition called “digital eye strain” causing undue stress to your eyes. There is also less of a chance for you to develop back problems from looking down at your tablet or laptop screen.
2. Drink more water and (wait for it…) less beer.
The average adult needs to drink about ½ gallon of water a day. Drinking water while watching TV will decrease your hunger for junk food. Challenge yourself to drink one full glass of water for each episode that you watch. Halfway through your program? Better be halfway through that glass!
3. During commercials (or pause your Netflix show every 20-25
Challenge to see who can do the most sit to stands or squats during the commercial break. Do other exercises such as crunches or push-ups, jumping jacks, or burpees. Go for a walk around the block (10 minutes is better than none – and talk about what you’ve been watching to make it a cognitive activity vs. mindless).
4. Interact with those around you
Asking questions, getting their opinions and perspectives, can stimulate critical thinking
5. Sit on an exercise ball instead of the couch or recliner
Using an exercise ball engages your core muscles, can help with trunk stability and balance, and helps avoid a totally passive sitting position.
There you have it, five simple ways to feel a little less guilty about the TV you watch at the end of the day. If you’d like more tips like these, head over to our website www.actifypt.com. It’s full of free information and tips on living a healthier, pain free life!