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Stay Healthy While Watching Your Favorite Shows

By Paul Rothbart

It's that magical time of the year when your favorite television shows return for a new season. Is the character you hate really leaving the show? Did your favorite survive the accident? It's a long summer when you are waiting on cliffhangers and if you're like me, you can't wait to jump in and start watching them all. Entertainment is a good way to unwind and destress. But too much television watching can cause problems. Here are some tips to keep your mind and body healthy while enjoying your favorite programs.

Watch With a Group

Watching television alone can be isolating and you may not get enough social interaction. Watch together with your family. If you live alone, invite friends over. You can form a group of fans of a particular show and get together weekly. You are now sharing a common experience with other people and can discuss the show. It's a great way to keep up with your show and your social skills.

Make Use of Technology

One of the great things about television these days is that you don't have to watch a show in its regular time slot. With streaming services and the ability to record digitally, you can watch whenever you have free time. No need to ruin your sleep by staying up late or missing out on a party or social event. You've been given the opportunity to watch around your schedule. Take advantage of it.

Focus on the Show

When you're watching TV, you should be watching TV. Don't fall into the trap of looking at your phone or tablet while the show is on. You probably get more than enough of social media and the internet anyway. There's no point in watching a show if you don't pay attention. Get your full entertainment value.

Limit Your Watching

Binge-watching has become very popular. It's very easy to get caught up in a show and spend 5-6 hours watching an entire season. That can be harmful to your mind and body and take too much time away from other more important things. Set limits and stick to them. If you blow through a show's entire run in just a few weeks, you'll have to find something else to watch. Keep your viewing within reason.

Television has been the center of household entertainment for decades. With the advent of cable and streaming, there are more shows than ever to follow. Entertainment should be a part of everyday life. Just be mindful of how you watch and how much you watch. There's still a whole world outside to be experienced.

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

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