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How the TV is Ruining Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

The television has become a staple of most people’s homes. We just can’t seem to live without Netflix binges, the newest HBO thriller, or a simple comedy to wind down the day. We’re addicted, and try as we might, we’re unlikely to give up the tube anytime soon. Unfortunately, the increase of time spent in front of the TV is doing a number on our health as a society. Take a look at these ways in which the TV is ruining your health, followed by some tips for negating the bad effects.

It Promotes Terrible Posture

Who sits in front of the TV with good posture? No one! We all slouch on the couch, prop our feet up, and hold horrible posture. While this isn’t all that bad in short bursts, many of us sit like this for hours on end. And this can lead to pain in the neck, back, and other various locations around the body.

It Encourages Inactivity

Activity is an important part of any healthy life. Unfortunately, the TV keeps us more inactive than ever. We watch one episode … and then that turns into another and another. Before we know it, we’ve been sitting for five hours! While it may not seem like a big deal, excessive sitting has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, excess weight, and even pain in the back and joints.

Solutions That Work

  • Exercise - While exercise won’t negate all of the bad side effects that we bring into our lives from TV overload, it might help a bit. Make exercise a regular part of your routine to control your weight, improve strength and mobility, and boost overall health.

  • Limit the Screen Time - While it’s hard, limiting screen time is one of the best ways to stop the negative side effects. Don’t turn on your TV until a certain time of the day. Or limit yourself to a certain number of episodes. Depending on how much time you spend in front of the tube, this might make a huge difference in your health.

  • Chiropractic Care - Since TV causes both back pain as well as inactivity, chiropractic care might help negate some of the negative side effects. Chiropractors remove restrictions from the vertebrae, which then reduces pain, improves flexibility, and may even make you feel more like getting up and getting active. Since TV isn’t likely to disappear from our lives anytime soon, getting regular care is a great way to boost health in a significant way.

While most of these preventative measures can be done on your own, you’ll need the help of a professional to get chiropractic care. If you’re ready to add this to your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care in a stress-free way. We all love a little TV time, and there’s no reason to give it up completely! Just protect your body with these tips and a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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

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