Are you into binge- watching your favourite TV shows? Do you think you sometimes overdo your tube - time?
Settling down into a marathon TV viewing time would be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time. But did you know that too much of this good thing can take a toll on your heart health?
Studies have linked too much sitting with factors like, obesity increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all of which contribute to an increased risk for heart attacks. TV viewing too, is no exception!
Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. One study which compared people who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day found that those with greater screen time had:
• A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
• About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack.
Extended TV viewing can also increase the likelihood for unhealthy behaviour like eating high-calorie snacks or drinks, contributing to obesity.
What’s the solution?
The best solution is less of sitting and more of moving!
A sedentary lifestyle contributes significantly to the development of heart disease and many of the established risk factors whereas, physical activity plays a key role in lowering them.
However, sitting for extended periods can increase your risk of heart disease even though you have a moderate exercise of 30 minutes every day. In other words, the benefits of exercise can be negated if you spend most of the day sitting.
This goes to say that, being on the move, throughout the day in addition to the recommended 30 minutes of moderate activity is necessary to lower your risk of heart disease.
So, the next time you catch yourself overdoing your tube-time, consider getting off the couch and lacing up your shoes!
How do you break away?
The healthiest way to binge-watch is not to do it at all, or to only do it occasionally.
Yet, if TV is an addiction for you, you can easily remedy the situation by splitting up your binge-watching into smaller sessions, taking a stroll around the house during commercials breaks, standing or exercising while watching TV and so on.