physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality because
people do not participate in enough physical activities.
In fact it is said that inactivity is
responsible for as many annual deaths, if not more, than smoking which we all
recognise is bad for our health.
Some scientists have termed a sedentary
lifestyle as the “disease of our time” because it is associated with so many
health conditions such as:
· Increase in the risk of certain cancers.
· Anxiety and depression.
· A risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
· Decrease in skeletal muscle mass.
· High blood pressure.
· Elevated cholesterol levels.
· Coronary heart disease.
Most of the time, sitting feels very good,
even when one has been doing it all day, because it is one of the most
comfortable positions and to be honest, people are a little lazy as well.
In recent years, there have been numerous
research programmes about the health effects of sitting down too regularly
without participating in any activities and there has been increasing evidence
of the risks involved.
As good as sitting is when you want to
rest, doing it all the time, behind a computer or on the couch, is said to be
as harmful to the mind and body as smoking actually is.
To begin with, sitting curves the spine and
as most people slouch, this puts strain on the spinal cord and ultimately
prevents the lungs from having enough space to fully expand.
This results in less oxygen circulating in
your body and when you have less oxygen to your brain, you will lose
concentration. You will be less focused when sitting without a break for long
periods than you will be if you stretch your legs and have a break
Research has also shown that taking a
walk, especially outdoors is conductive to a sharper, more creative and more concentrated
Ultimately, the body is built for motion
and it has to be given what it needs, which is as much physical activity as
possible. If you do start to participate in about half an hour of moderate
exercise every day, your body will be grateful and your life expectancy will
Lifestyle today which increasing involves
computers and cars contribute massively to individual inactivity and it is
becoming more important than ever to make time to consciously arrange periods
of activity whether this just a daily walk, regular sport, swimming or the gym.
Scientists recommend that we aim for
10,000 steps per day in order to stay active and ultimately healthy. Download
a pedometer app to your Smartphone and check your activity!
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