Can’t deal with the summer heat? Using that as an excuse to stay indoors with the air con cranked up, binge-watching your favourite TV Series, you may want to rethink that movie marathon, or at least spend time between episodes working out. Researchers from the American Heart Association studies revealed, it doesn’t matter if you are working out every day, the more time you spend glued to the TV screen, the more at risk you are of getting a blood clot. This also applies to people who spend large amounts of time gaming or in front of the computer during the work day (Now you have an excuse to wander around the office catching up on the Christmas party gossip!)
However before you cancel your Netflix subscription or tell your boss you need to spend at least one an hour prancing around the office, there are some easy exercises you can do to get that heart rate up and keep you feeling limber. There are some yoga moves you can even do by your desk. Set a reminder on your smartphone at least once an hour to get up and stretch. It doesn’t take much to hit that pause button and after some exercise reward yourself with another episode.
Doing stretches or simple yoga poses will also get you up and moving. It doesn’t take much to do some high knee marching on the spot, or deep squats. It also doesn’t take long. Bicycle crunches where you lie on your back and pedal your legs, wile keeping your abs tight and your stomach raise, don’t even require you to take your eyes off the screen.
Professor Beverley Hunt, hematology consultant at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals told the Daily Mail that sitting 90 minutes or more decreases the blood flow behind your knees by 50%, significantly increasing the chance of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
So what are you waiting for? Get up and do some stretching now.