Watch Game of Thrones and Prevent Back Pain!

Binge-watching and Back Pain: The couple of the decade.

The golden age of television has arrived (and if you are between the ages of 18 and 34, statistics show that you are well aware of this)! Gone are the days when watching TV was synonymous with “frying your brain”. Now, being a couch potato can mean you are exploring the depths of Westeros, and learning how to fend off pretty much anything – from post-apocalyptic zombies to sinister C.O.s in a women’s prison!

But before you start patting yourself on your back, who among us has never taken a walk of shame after “accidentally” binge-watching for 4+ hours? Major oops! Sitting for long periods of time can cause irreversible back pain. Good thing we constructed an exercise guide for you to do while watching your favorite shows! Yes, you read that right. You can do more than just escape mentally! Be a part of the action, and get a mini-workout, with these 3 TV- and couch-appropriate exercises!

For the Throne-Seeker: Don’t just sit on thrones – be one. It’s the classic wall-sit, with a twist: throne-sits! Every five minutes or so, get off the couch and stand with your back against a wall. Keeping your back straight and flat against the wall, slowly slide down until your thighs are parallel with the floor and your knees form a 90-degree angle. Focus on your core (keep your stomach in), breathe deeply, and enjoy the show!

For the Zombie-Fighter: Not that we want to upset you anymore than you already are (you know, with the world being post-apocalyptic, and all) but for this one we’re going to have to ask you to switch places with your prey. Pretend like you’re the zombie. It may even help you get inside their heads, calculate their next move, and whatnot.

Simply lie on your back (if you have back pain, you know how wonderful this can feel!), with your legs flat. Keeping your legs and arms parallel to the floor, lift them 5 inches from the ground. Then, slowly arise from the dead using your core and bending from the hips. Keep your arms out in front of you, as if reaching for your floating feet. Slowly lie back down. Repeat until world-order is restored.

For the Litchfield Inmate: We’re not going to sugarcoat this. You have to do jumping jacks. Hey, it is prison.

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