Read This Before You Binge-Watch!

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Netflix is a great invention. But before you schedule your next family movie night, this new study may make you think twice about how much television you and your teens watch.

Researchers found that adults who watch TV three hours or more per day double their risk of premature death from any cause. This study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlights the dangers of so much sedentary behavior. Although this study was focused on adults, with an average age of 37, we imagine the TV-watching behavior of teens can have an equally negative effect.

It's important for teens to build good habits now, as their behavior can have a lasting impact. Lead researcher Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. wrote about the study, explaining,

As the population ages, sedentary behaviors will become more prevalent, especially watching television, and this poses an additional burden on the increased health problems related to aging. Our findings suggest adults may consider increasing their physical activity, avoid long sedentary periods, and reduce television watching to no longer than one to two hours each day."

We understand the temptation of TV marathons, but try limiting it to 1 to 2 hours per day. You can even encourage your teens to do some crunches during a commercial break — any way to fit in fitness is great! In fact, this fall Choices magazine will show teens yoga moves they can practice in any everyday situation. If you can tighten your core and watch the latest episode of The Voice, why not do both?

Want more fitness and health inspiration for your teens? Subscribe to Choices, and check out our articles including "The Magical 7-Minute Workout" and "Make Your Move."