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Binge Your Favorite Shows While Staying Healthy

By Brandi Goodman 

Whether you're engaged in a staycation for a couple of weeks or simply want to spend your day off from work catching up on your favorite shows, you can find healthier ways to watch. Sitting on the couch for hours on end isn't good for the brain or body. You can binge your favorite shows while staying healthy with a few tips in mind.

Stick With Your Sleep Routine

Don't let your binge-watching habits interfere with your sleep. You don't want to stay up late with the light from the TV affecting your mind's ability to tell the difference between night and day. Be sure you're turning it off at least an hour before you plan on hitting the sack so you can drift off easier. 

Set a Limit

Never sit down to binge shows without having a limit set first. You want to be sure you're sticking with a set number of episodes or a certain amount of hours so you don't go overboard. Stick with just a few episodes or a few hours of watching before you try another activity. A full day of television isn't good for your health.

Exercise While You Watch

Sitting on the couch for even just a few hours at a time isn't ideal. You want to be sure you're getting up every so often so you can stretch your body and prevent poor circulation. Exercising while you watch is a great option. You get to enjoy your shows while still moving your body. Put a treadmill or elliptical in front of the TV and use it while you're kept entertained. If you want to enjoy the show without a distraction, then use the commercial time to get a  short workout in or pause it every half-hour to get up and move. 

Choose Healthy Snacks

You might find yourself curled up on the couch with a bag of chips as you watch your programs. It's easy to take in too many calories doing this. You should choose healthy snacks that are more beneficial. Be sure you aren't bringing an entire bag to the living room with you, either. Make yourself a normal serving size and only bring this portion with you to munch on.

A binge session doesn't have to result in a loss of blood flow and pounds gained. Make sure you're getting up and moving regularly, snacking on healthy foods, and doing what you can to keep your body and mind strong and satisfied. 

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

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