Prevention (USA)

Break Up TV Time


There’s nothing wrong with a nice Netflix marathon, but make sure you get up and move while watching. Spending four or more hours a day in front of the television was associated with a 35% higher risk of blood clots compared with less than two and a half hours, says a new meta-analysis in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. And this was true independen­t of other factors such as age, sex, BMI, and physical activity. Being immobile for long periods impairs circulatio­n and can cause blood to pool, say researcher­s, and you may also be likelier to snack unhealthil­y while lounging, which can lead to other issues (like weight gain) that increase your risk of clots. Try setting a “stand up” timer that goes off every 30 minutes, or find some inspo from our get-moving ideas on page 48.

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