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How a Night of Netflix and Chill Can Keep You Healthy

By Genevieve Cunningham

Netflix is all the rage. Television without commercials? Almost everyone is signed up at this point. We love it, and chances are good that we’re never going back. And while commercial-free entertainment certainly has its perks, it also has a few drawbacks. Specifically, the constant binge watching can be bad for our health. But wouldn’t it be great if it could also be healthy? We could all feel a little less guilt while we check out the latest season of our favorite shows. As it turns out, there may be some health benefits to Netflix and chill after all. If you love a good binge session with your family or friends, take a look at these reasons why it might be good for your health.

Modern Society

We live in a fast-paced world. More than ever before, people are moving about from task to task, activity to activity, and traveling around the world. We’re constantly on the go, and it’s showing in our health. This is the reason why an occasional night of TV and relaxing might be good for our health -- because it forces us to slow down and get some rest.

Rest is Crucial

Rest is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of good health. For the most part, we don’t want to slow down. We don’t want to stop participating in a million activities. We want to go and do and be busy little bees. But adequate rest helps us avoid excessive fatigue, various aches and pains, a decline in mental health, and a weakened immune system. When we get enough rest, our health as a whole is strengthened, and this means that we feel better and function better on a regular basis.

The Bad News

Unfortunately, there is some bad news: You can’t Netflix and chill every day and expect your health to be good. This concept only works if you use the binge session as an off from the norm. If you’re doing it every day, you’re going to put your overall health at risk. But if you use it extremely rarely, it can help you get a little rest, unwind, and relax for better health in the long run.

We all love a good Netflix session. We love watching every episode in one season in one night. We love inviting friends over when a new season drops. But most of us have at least a little guilt in our habits. If you use Netflix wisely -- meaning only on occasion -- you may be able to enjoy your latest show without damaging your health. Get your Netflix habit under control, and you can have the best of both worlds in your life.

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

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