It’s Saturday, you’re probably hung-over, wishing you were dead. While you recover, you curl up on your couch, under you’re favorite blanket, you’re probably setting yourself up for a long day of Netflix bingeing. Maybe you’re prepping for the Gilmore Girls reboot or watching Dexter for the fifth time. Either way, you’re turning to Netflix to nurse you back to health.
Unfortunately, there is a negative side to everything we’ve ever loved, including Netflix. Our beloved television hub has been linked to obesity and depression. How? Because sitting in the dark, crying yourself to sleep over the death of your favorite Grey’s Anatomy character, or shouting at the TV for asking if you’re still watching, isn’t the healthiest thing you could be doing.
I’m not suggesting you give up Netflix. Instead, I suggest you make the most out of your binge.
Take a Shower
Preferably a cold shower. This is step one. Cold showers are proven to boost your mood, improve circulation, metabolism, and immune system. This is both helpful for your hangover and your overall well-being. Cleanse your soul and get yourself ready for the day before you hit play on your favorite series. This way, you’ll be less likely to fall into hermit mode, picking chips out of your beard all day.
Choose Your Snacks Wisely
Eat healthy and small. If you’re bingeing, chances are you will also eat your way through each episode, so choose small and filling snacks. By small and healthy, I mean fruits, vegetable, and nuts. They’re both energizing and filling. Your big splurge for the day: Chips, salsa, and guacamole. To improve the overall healthiness of this, choose multi-grain chips and homemade style salsa. Calories are low and you can count salsa as a vegetable.
Move Between Episodes
I know, I know. It breaks the cardinal rule of a Netflix binge: Relax and enjoy. But by moving, I don’t mean, go for a jog. I mean, stand up. Get your blood flowing. Do twenty jumping jacks and sit back down. You can get all that done while the credits role, before the new episode begins.
Open the Blinds
Let some sun in! You may not notice, but by watching high-tension dramas, you’re stressing yourself out. Vitamin D and sunshine can keep you more relaxed and limit possible depression. It will also remind you that there is a world outside of your living room.
You should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and since you’re sitting on your ass, you don’t have an excuse not to. You have free water coming from your faucet. Drink it. Challenge yourself. Drink a glass of water an episode. Make a drinking game out of it, or fill your Nalgene, and finish it before the end of your binge.
Every time it asks if you’re still watching, take five minutes and get some fresh air. Take your dog for a quick loop around the block. Sit on your stoop. Walk to the local bodega and refill your snack cabinet. Whatever! Just take a break and breathe in the fresh air.