How Your Couch is Ruining Your Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Let’s be real: We’re a sedentary bunch of people. The world offers so much right at our fingertips. Between the TV, phones, and computers, what incentive is there to get up and go out? Very little. But the more time we spend doing nothing, the more likely our health is to take a nosedive. If you’re interested in improving your health but lack motivation, take a look at how all that time on the couch may be ruining your health for good.
It Causes Excessive Sitting
OK, so your couch isn’t technically causing you to sit (it’s a choice!), but it definitely gets all the blame. Being a couch potato means you’re not getting the activity that your body so desperately needs. Excessive sitting has been linked to excess weight, increased risk of blood clots, and a general decline in health. If you’re not keen on suffering from these, it’s time to get off the couch and get moving.
It Encourages Overeating
People who spend more time on the couch and in front of the television tend to overeat more than those who are up and active. And the worst part is that the foods tend to be unhealthy. This leads to weight gain, and being overweight increases the risk for a wide variety of health problems. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure … these are just a few of the risks of associated with a high body fat percentage and excess weight.
It Leaves Time for Inactive Hobbies
Video games, TV binges, surfing the net … the more time you spend on the couch, the more likely you are to make these your hobbies. Inactive hobbies take up your time, do little in the way of improving physical health, and unless targeted to do so, do little to improve mental health either. Instead, you need hobbies that require you to engage the body and engage with other people. The bottom line? Get off the couch and find something to do with other people.
Who doesn’t love a night on the couch? We all love a blanket, a warm drink, and a good movie. But this shouldn’t be something that you do every single day. In fact, if you want better health, getting off of the couch is imperative. Make sure that you’re balancing time on the couch with some activity, and your health will be in a much better state from here on out.
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