There are risks to everything you do in your life. However, some of them are more than unnecessary. Simply watching television is a hazard to your health. It seems like a harmless activity, but there are things that can make relaxing in front of your favorite program a death trap.
Blood clots form from bad circulation
Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis or DVT can lead to death with little warning. You can have a swollen leg, or not realize anything is wrong. When you aren’t moving your legs, the blood pools in them. The blood only circulates when your muscles contract the veins in your calves. If you are a gamer and spend too much time on the internet, or are a couch potato and spend much of your time following news, sports and reality TV, then you are in danger of this.
With little warning, blood clots can form in your legs, and then when you finally do move again, they can break away and travel through your body. Once they reach your lungs, death can come very soon after. Clots from the legs can cause heart attacks if they get that far.
Muscle can atrophy and cause pain and weakness
For a sedentary life, so little movement can cause your muscles to atrophy. This is where your muscle mass decreases. When this happens, you physically become weaker. The weaker you become, the harder it will be for you to become active again. This can lead to depression, weight gain, and other serious complications.
Watching too much television messes with your brain
Simply watching television is a mindless activity. It does not allow for you to really think. Something in the brain shuts down when you watch television, allowing you to ‘escape’ from the rigorous thoughts of the day. However, without the mental exercises of other activities, watching too much television can lead to Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders.
Watching television also lowers your attention span. Since television is constant entertainment, continuous watching can make it harder to focus on other things, including cooking and driving in some cases.
As if those weren’t bad enough, television can have another adverse effect on your mind. Much of the content of today’s programs contains violence. The brain is constantly growing and absorbing anything it can, and violence can be learned whether you want it to or not.
Between the physical and mental detriments that television has to offer, there is something that can be done about it. Muscle atrophy can be corrected with exercise, as can DVT blood clots. Certainly, you can exercise while watching television. If being entertained while you exercise is what motivates you, then don’t let anyone stop you. Now that you are aware of the risks of watching too many hours of television, however, only you can plan how television will continue to affect your life. Do you still think it is a harmless activity, or do you now believe that intervention may be necessary for you or someone you love?