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2.27.2014

PEEP This: A word on Moving that Body

2.27.2014
Here’s the setting: It’s Friday night.  You have just completed a tough week. Your friends are all busy in the library preparing for their upcoming exams and papers. Your roommate is out on a date so you have the place all to yourself.  Your delivery food has just arrived.  Essentially this situation is what many refer to as the perfect night to marathon Netflix.


But before you plop down on your couch to engage in your well-deserved marathon of TV shows, only to move for primal needs like more food or bathroom breaks, be aware of the impacts that this activity can have on the body.  First, there is the obvious; eating in front of the TV is generally a bad idea.  One study published in the Journal Psychological Science says that when an individual’s attention is divided between eating and concentrating on the TV show, the individual will feel less satisfaction from eating thus more food will be required to create a full feeling(1).  One of the immediate and undesired impacts of this behavior is weight gain.  Have you ever wondered about the ultimate, or far-reaching impacts of this type of behavior?

If you still find yourself carrying this type of behavior in 40 years or so, it turns out the consequences will be a lot more severe.  According to a recent research study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, there is a strong correlation between time spent sitting and presence of a physical disability(2). Effectively, each hour of sitting increases the risk of gaining a physical disability.

Keep in mind; these findings about time spent sitting are specifically for an older age group, think 60+.  The point of introducing the long-term impacts of sitting is not to tell you not to binge on Netflix ever, just in moderation.  Also, hopefully this information will encourage you to start building healthy behaviors now, before they become lifetime habits with lifetime impact.

If you’re having a difficult time creating your own healthy behavior program, we can help, try SEEing us next Monday.



Sources:
1.http://www.salon.com/2013/06/04/distraction_partner/
2.http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/Dunlop_jpah_2013_0311-in%20press.pdf

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