Some activities that are part of your daily routine aren’t as healthy for you as being active – take the time to think about how they affect your mental and physical well-being!
Screen Time – sometimes we don’t realize how much time we spend in front of a screen playing video games, watching TV, surfing the web or using a cell phone. These are all common activities for kids, teens and adults alike, but they pretty much only involve sitting down and staring at a screen. There are a few exceptions, such as video games that simulate sport activities, but mostly, it’s a watching kind of activity. Studies show that too much sitting is actually not good for anyone’s body – kids or adults.
Give yourself some time limits on screen time – try one hour at a time and then take a break. Taking a break can be going outside, going for a walk or doing some of the activities suggested above.
Couch Potatoes – another way we can forget to be active and get exercise is to nap or spend too much time on the couch. This often happens after school (a time when most people feel like sitting down and taking it easy). This is OK sometimes, just like screen time. But lying around too much can make us feel more tired.
Experts agree that getting exercise and active playing actually helps us to feel better, have more energy and sleep well. Just like with screen time, you can start by noticing how much you are on the couch and giving yourself some limits. (Try asking a friend to do this with you so you are both working on being more active and finding active, fun things to do together.)
Not being able to stop napping or lying down might signal other problems like being down much of the time or having other ongoing worries.
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