With growing urbanization and changing work patterns, sedentary lifestyle has become the way of living for many individuals. Sedentary lifestyle is defined in medical parlance as the way of living where people spend most of their time sitting in one place, often sitting in one position. People living sedentary lifestyle hardly do any physical activity.
Sedentary lifestyle is not an isolated enigma of developed nations; more and more developing countries are also facing the same problem among their people. Sitting in front of the personal computer in office or at home throughout the day for five days in a week, sitting for long hours in office, watching television, playing video games, are few example of sedentary lifestyle.
With the kind of life that most people live today, there is hardly any room left for physical activity or laborious work. Even though modern day work and lifestyle may provide comforts and soaring bank balance, it may take its toll on your ‘health’, this is the irony of today’s life. Here are some of the effects of sedentary life on your health.
Effects Of Sedentary Lifestyle On Our Health And Body
In order to work efficiently and remain healthy, our body needs to remain physically active. Virtually with no physical movement, sedentary life can be dangerous. It can lead to several chronic diseases and ailments that are preventable.
- Obesity: weight gain is directly associated with lack of physical activity. Sitting all the time with minimum physical exercise will burn less calories. These calories will get stored in the form of fats which will lead to obesity. Obesity has been blamed to be directly associated with heart disease and several other diseases.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease: reduced physical activities slow down the blood circulation. This can affect the heart and blood vessels. Slow movement of blood makes the blood vessels more rigid and stiff. Blockages of blood vessel, rise of cholesterol level in blood are few of its consequences. A person who lives sedentary lifestyle has greater risk of suffering from heart attack than his peer who routinely does physical work and exercise.
- Loss of flexibility and muscle tone: Muscles and tissues remain in good shape regular exercise and physical movement. However, sitting all the time without doing any physical work will reduce the strength of the muscles.
- Cervical spondylosis and backache are common side effects observed in people sitting for long time, either while doing work, as sitting in front of computer for long hours or while watching television.
- Risk of diabetes getting uncontrolled: since there is very less physical activity involved in people who live a sedentary life, utilization of sugar from the circulation is minimal. This gives rise to rise of blood sugar in a patient who is already suffering from diabetes.
- Osteoporosis: lack of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle causes demineralization of bones. This makes the bones weak and brittle.
- Insomnia: since there is no physical work, the body does not get tired and feels no need to take rest. This leads to insomnia and various other associated problems.
- Early aging: researchers have proved that living sedentary life leads to premature aging.
How To Get Out Of A Sedentary Lifestyle?
In conclusion, it is clear that in order to remain fit and in good health, it is necessary to do physical work. Nevertheless, many times our work inevitably demands to sit in one place for long hours. In such circumstances a person has to find a midway that may help him to remain healthy and at the same time does not disturb his work.
Playing games during leisure time or joining a gym or fitness club to do regular exercise helps moving everything in the body. Simply walking and jogging can also prove to be beneficial. Besides, people living sedentary life should avoid eating oily fat food, junk food and overeating.