A lot of people are guilty of binge-watching a TV show. You get hooked on a story and before you know it you’ve watched an entire season in one sitting. It turns out, this may actually be bad for your health.
A study recently published by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology concludes that prolonged TV viewing may increase risk of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the veins). Warning signs include redness, pain, and swelling in the leg (or arm).
When you watch TV for hours at time, you are immobile and generally in a cramped position. Both can lead to restricted blood circulation which is a risk factor for blood clots.
Whether you’re sitting on your couch or at your desk, it’s important to take breaks and move around. A sedentary lifestyle can be a dangerous thing.