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Why You Should Quit Watching So Much TV

By Genevieve Cunningham

As a society, we really love the television. We love it so much, we can stream TV shows at any time of day from any location. Seemingly, we can’t live without it. But most of us understand that this little habit isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, too much TV is leading us all to poor health. If you’re feeling a few of the negative effects of watching TV but haven’t pulled the plug, take a look at these reasons to cut back today.

Sitting is Bad for Your Health

Sitting is becoming an epidemic in our world. We sit for almost everything! Work, leisure time, driving … we sit more than any other time in history. While this might not seem bad at first blush, it actually leads to problems with our health. Studies have shown that too much sitting can cause problems with blood pressure, an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, issues with circulation, and a general decline in health as a whole.

It’s Addictive

You can be addicted to more than illegal substances. Many people are addicted to prescription pills, overeating, tobacco, and unfortunately, even the television. Watching TV is fun, but it also numbs our emotions and makes us stop thinking. With the busy lives that we lead, this is appealing. We watch a little TV to mellow out after work. Unfortunately, the more TV we watch, the more we want to watch. And pretty soon, we can’t go without watching a little television (or a lot!) every single day.

It Keeps Us Inactive

What do we look like when we are watching something on television? Most of us aren’t on a treadmill or doing squats in the living room. Most of us are sprawled on the couch or the bed, and we stay that way for hours at a time. This inactivity becomes quite the habit, and we soon make lying around on the couch our favorite hobby. Over time, being constantly inactive leads to weight gain, stiff muscles, and poor health overall.

Watching a little bit of TV is OK. It’s a nice way to relax and unwind. But when a little bit turns into all day marathons, it’s probably time to take a second look. Take these negative aspects of watching TV into consideration, and make a plan of action for cutting back and improving your health all at once.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Henderson, Nev.

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