It is tempting to celebrate post finals with a session of lounging and binge watching over the winter break. The hours fly by episode after episode, and before you know it, you have reached season two of your new favorite show. Binge watching is becoming a new cultural norm, however new research suggests that every hour of TV watching seriously impacts your health.
According to Health Magazine, a new study from Diabetologica found that for every additional hour of TV watched per day, the risk of diabetes goes up by 3.4 percent. In addition, a lower metabolism, increased snacking and less sleep is also to be expected.
What’s even more alarming is that researcher TD Hoang found that increased TV viewing and low physical activity in early adulthood are associated with worse midlife cognition. Another group of researchers, M Teychenne, S. Costigan and K. Parker, are beginning to study the association of anxiety and depression for association with high volume of television viewing.
Other studies conducted by Hoang suggest that television viewing in excess of three hours is when the brain is significantly effected over a long period of time. Limit television viewing to only three hours per day at maximum.
Three hours per day is also excessive, however paired with a sedentary lifestyle is extremely dangerous. Try watching your episodes while jogging on the treadmill, peddling on a stationary bike, or while on an elliptical. It is easy to watch episodes late at night, however it is important to maintain your normal sleep schedule to promote overall wellbeing.
Staying up late, and sleeping in late is not doing your body any good. It is common to watch TV during meals, but it is important to not view television during mealtimes. Mindless snacking is easy when your body is hungry. Keep healthy snacks in your dorm or apartment and maintain a regular eating schedule!
Take time to relax over break. If you prefer to stay inside- catch up on some books you’ve been wanting to read, or try a new exercise class. Enjoy the outdoors- go for a walk or go ice skating in the parks. Be social – catch up with old friends. Let 2016 be the year you make time for your physical and mental health. Reducing time in front of the TV is a great start!
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