A sedentary lifestyle affects people’s health globally. It is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. According to (WHO) World health organization- app. 60% to 85% of the world population does not engage in enough physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle elevates all the causes of global mortality, doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of colon cancer, High blood pressure, and other serious health disorders.
Effects of a sedentary lifestyle on health.
A sedentary lifestyle is attributable to 6% coronary heart disease,7% type-2 diabetes,10% breast cancer, and 10% colon cancer cases. It was reported that a sedentary lifestyle affects people’s health and is responsible for more annual deaths than smoking – worldwide.
What is a sedentary lifestyle?
A sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle when a person does not indulge in the required amount of physical activity. It is considered physical inactivity. As per recommendations of the Center for disease control (CDC)- A person should participate in minimum150 minutes of moderate exercise. Most of the health professional also recommends walking 10000 steps (5 miles) per day to reduce health ailments risks.
How a sedimentary lifestyle affect health?
Following are the affects of a sedentary lifestyle on people’s health:-
A sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity.
A sedentary lifestyle or physical inactivity for long durations leads to obesity. Obesity leads to various serious health conditions like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint pains, increases the possible risks for heart diseases or strokes.
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A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of depression, stress, dementia.
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An inactive lifestyle increases the risk of cancers.
Remaining inactive for too long may increase the risk for certain types of cancers like- lung, breast, or colon cancers.
A sedentary lifestyle may lead to Osteoporosis.
Bones and muscles are made to work. Inactivity for long periods of time makes bones and muscles weak. Which increases the chances of osteoporosis.
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An inactive lifestyle leads to a loss of flexibility.
A sedentary lifestyle affects people’s health as long periods of inactivity may lead to loss of body flexibility. And blood flow through stiff muscles also gets affected. It may lead to inflammation and pain. It may reason to backache.
An inactive lifestyle may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
A sedentary lifestyle affects people’s health, as remaining inactive for long periods, can be a reason for high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, and increased blood sugar levels. Which may lead to heart disease or stroke.
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What is the difference between the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on –healthy weight and overweight persons?
Being a healthy weight with a sedentary lifestyle is putting a person at the same risk of cardiovascular disease as an overweight person.
” Our study demonstrates that a sedentary lifestyle counters the benefit of being at a normal weight when it comes to heart disease risk”
Said Arch Mainous from the University of Florida.
“Achieving a body mass index in the normal range should not give people a false sense of confidence that they are in good health. If you are not exercising, you are not doing enough” Mainous said.
The study published in the American journal of cardiology found that 30% of U.S Adults at a normal weight are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
These adults are with belly fat at higher levels, their waist circumference is not healthy, they feel shortness of breath on exertion, or are at less than normal levels of recommended physical activities.
What can be done to avoid a sedentary lifestyle?
- Indulge in more physical activities, like running, cycling, or playing outdoor games.
- Adopt the habit of exercising daily. It is recommended for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
- Use stairs in place of lifts, prefer attending mobile calls while walking.
- Take walk breaks in place of tea breaks.
- Park your vehicle away from the shopping area or working area, so that you can be able to walk.
- Adopt yoga and meditation.
Please consult your health care provider for treatment.
Wishing all to be in a healthy state. (For public awareness only).