How many hours a day do you spend in front a screen? Whether the screen’s attached to a computer, television, or handheld device, screen time is time spent not being physically active, which results in weight gain and associated health problems.
Getting out from behind the screen and becoming more active will boost your physical and mental health. Share this practice with your family, too.
- Limit your non-work screen time. Experts suggest no more than 2 hours per day. Leave work at work, rather than transitioning from work screen to home screen.
- Don’t put a television in your bedroom. A bedroom TV encourages you to watch more than your daily limit and can disturb sleep patterns.
- Make mealtime television-free. If you live alone, take the time to just relax and enjoy a meal. If you live with others, use mealtime to talk and catch up on the day.
- Use commercial time to be active. When you’re watching television, take the commercial break to exercise: lift weights, or do yoga, push-ups, sit-ups, or leg lifts.
- Limit computer socializing. Rather than talking to friends on the computer, give them a call or, better yet, make an exercise date to catch up while working out.
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