What’s wrong with a sedentary lifestyle?
A sedentary lifestyle leads to high blood pressure and excessive weight gain, among a number of other health conditions. In fact, this type of lifestyle is one of the leading factors known to cause obesity. It’s inevitable: with no exercise, a person has no way to burn the fat calories that are consumed on a daily basis. High blood pressure alone is a very dangerous condition; it can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
The body needs exercise, not just to keep toned, but also to keep healthy. Without adequate exercise, you are more prone to most illnesses, from cancer to depression. Heart problems are often associated with a sedentary lifestyle, and even arthritis is thought to be related to lack of exercise. People with an elevated risk of type-2 diabetes should definitely get active; a sedentary life can significantly heighten the risk of developing this type of diabetes. Even your bones are affected by how much (or how little) you exercise. Osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become brittle and easily broken, can be brought on through an inactive lifestyle.
Who is affected by a sedentary lifestyle?
Unfortunately, this unhealthy tendency is not limited to adults. Children are also becoming increasingly sedentary. It’s not hard to see why some kids stay inactive all day. Traditional schools require long periods of sitting, and all the exciting new video games and computer “fun” out there can take up the remaining time.
This kind of lifestyle can lead kids to have problems with weight and self-image. It can also contribute to metabolic syndrome, which includes problems with obesity, insulin and cholesterol. Teens that have spent their childhoods without exercising much can even develop high blood pressure at a very early age.
How can you change your sedentary lifestyle habits?
If you want to get away from your sedentary lifestyle but are unsure where to start, think of some type of exercise you enjoyed as a child or teen. Jumping rope, walking or running, and stair-stepping are all great ways to burn some calories and give your health a boost. Children who are trapped in a sedentary life will benefit greatly if you can get them involved and active with other kids. Try learning a new sport together; baseball, tennis, and swimming can be excellent family activities that will get you all off the couch and into a healthier life!