How to Make Your Netflix Binge a Little Bit Healthier

By Genevieve Cunningham

We are living in the middle of a Netflix and chill world. Since the invention of streaming television, binge watching weekends have become a real thing. Want to go out on Saturday night? Not this weekend -- the new season of Orange is the New Black is out. And this way of thinking has really become the norm. While it certainly makes for some entertaining nights and weekends, this obsession with watching 15 episodes back to back has certainly put a damper on our health. If you would like to protect your health without giving up your binge watching parties, take a look at how to make it healthier.

Exercise

Of course you don't want to exercise while you watch, but it's actually a great way to get hours of exercise without any extra thought. Sit down and do some stretching. Drag your treadmill or stationary bike in front of the TV. Do some squats, lunges, and crunches. It's easy to exercise in front of the TV if you'll just make it a priority. Take this approach, and you can basically have your cake and eat it, too.

Choose Snacks Wisely

If you choose healthy snacks, it's easier to keep your calorie count down during your binge session. Instead of a bag of chips, bake kale chips or make popcorn. Instead of candy bars, opt for fruit. If you're into the idea and are willing to try some new healthy recipes, it may even make the experience more fun and healthy at the same time

Invite Friends

If you're going to watch hours of TV, at least do it with a group of friends. Why? Because face to face contact with friends is good for mental health. Instead of just saying no to going out, say no with an offer to share the binge watching experience. It's OK to join the masses and catch the latest season of your favorite show, and it's even better if you do so with your best friends by your side.

Don't worry. No one is expecting you to give up the screen. We’ve all grown to love commercial-free entertainment, and you can continue to do do. But at least attempt to make it healthier. Use these tips to get started, and enjoy your next session with entertainment and health in mind.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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