Screen Time, Being Sedentary, and How It Impacts on Health
In today’s digital age, screen time has become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether it’s watching TV, browsing social media, or working on a computer, many of us spend a significant amount of time in front of screens. However, research has shown that excessive screen time and being sedentary can have a negative impact on our health.
Increased Risk of Obesity
Studies have found that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of screens have a 60% greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. Similarly, adults who spend more than four hours a day watching TV have a 50% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and obesity.
Higher Risk of Chronic Diseases
Sedentary behaviour is a major risk factor for heart disease, and can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. A study found that every additional hour of sedentary behaviour per day is associated with a 12% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Negative Impact on Mental Health
Excessive screen time can disrupt sleep patterns, which can have a negative impact on mental health. A study found that young adults who spend more than two hours a day on social media are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Poor Posture and Musculoskeletal Issues
Prolonged sitting can lead to poor posture, which can cause musculoskeletal issues such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. Workers who spend more than six hours a day sitting are more likely to develop lower back pain.
Impaired Cognitive Function
Studies have found that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of screens have lower scores on tests of cognitive function, including memory, language, and attention. Prolonged sitting can impair cognitive function in adults, including memory and attention.
By being aware of these facts and figures, we can better understand the impact of screen time and sedentary behaviour on our health, and take steps to reduce them. Some ways to reduce screen time and be more active include taking regular breaks, going for a walk, practicing yoga or stretching, and engaging in physical activities such as martial arts.
At Reflect Martial Arts, we offer a range of martial arts classes that provide a fun and effective way to stay active and improve your overall health and well-being. Our classes are designed for all ages and skill levels, and our experienced instructors will work with you to help you achieve your fitness goals.
So, if you’re looking for a way to reduce your screen time and be more active, come join us at Reflect Martial Arts. Take the first step towards a healthier, happier you today!