Is binge-watching giving you a backache?

Is binge-watching giving you a backache?

There’s no denying that we live an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, spending hours each day sitting at desks or curled up on couches watching TV. The average Australian spends 2 hours and 25 minutes a day watching television. And if you’re slouching or poorly aligned, you may be putting additional strain on your spine, hips or shoulders.

Here are some things you can do to keep your spine happy while watching television:

Pay attention to your posture – sitting up straight may not feel comfortable at first but over time you’ll be able to maintain good posture as a habit. Keep your shoulders and back relaxed, and avoid tilting your head forward, backwards or sideways.

Take a break – a great way to remember to move is by getting off the couch and walking around during commercial breaks, or at least between episodes you’re streaming.

Make it active – you can make television time productive by doing household chores such as ironing or folding clothes while watching your favourite series. Or why not keep some therabands, dumbbells or foam rollers nearby to do something active while you’re watching?

And of course ensure that you’re looking after your body while you’re not watching TV. Regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle and chiropractic care can keep you binge-watching in comfort!

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