You may think there’s nothing wrong with sitting in front of a TV for five hours and binge watching your favorite show, but believe it or not, you could be putting your life in danger. A new study out of Japan suggests that sitting around watching TV for too long can increase the risk of dying from pulmonary embolisms, aka blood clots to the lungs.
The study asked 86,000 participants ages 40 to 79 to keep a record of the hours they spent watching TV and found that over 19 years, 59 died from pulmonary embolisms. While that may not sound like a lot, compared to those who watched less than two-point-five hours of TV, the risk of death increased 70% for those who watched between two-point-five and four-point-nine hours. What’s more, the risk increased 250% for those who watched TV for more than five hours. And with blood clots hard to diagnose, the number could be even larger.
Luckily, there are some fairly simple steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you. First off, folks need to get up and walk around, or stand up and stretch for five minutes every hour or so. In addition, drinking lots of water can help, and if you’re overweight, losing a few pounds can also reduce the risk.