Keep Your Binge-Watching Habit Under Control

Shorter daylight hours and chilly weather are perfect conditions to binge your favorite show this winter. When you fire up Netflix or your favorite channel, take steps to avoid these common health hazards.

The problem: Not moving enough. One study found positive results in people who cut TV time by just 30 minutes a day.

They had fewer feelings of depression and anxiety compared with those who spent more time being inactive. The same study found that adding 10 minutes of physical activity a day had a similar effect.

A solution: Hit the pause button and go for a walk or quick bike ride. Or try body-weight exercises like situps or pushups.

The problem: Mindless eating. A recent study found that the more time adults spent watching TV, the greater their risk of eating too much.

A solution: Enjoy meals at your dinner table instead of in front of the TV. It may also be helpful to eliminate all unhealthy snacks in your home.

The problem: Screens disrupting sleep. Blue light from glowing screens, especially late at night, awakens nerve pathways in your brain. This can affect your biological clock and leave you feeling awake when you should be on your way to a restful sleep.

A solution: Relax with a book or take a bath before bed. Removing all screens from your bedroom will help you get a good night’s sleep
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