OVERVIEW

Today I will be telling you about the risk factors associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
First of all, what is a sedentary lifestyle?

A sedentary lifestyle is an inactive lifestyle, a lifestyle with a lot of sitting and lying down with little to no physical activities.

A sedentary lifestyle is not only particular to non working individuals, it is also seen among office workers that sit at there desk for 8 hours and more.
A sedentary lifestyle is becoming a norm, because people don’t even realize the much harm it causes to their body.

RISK FACTORS

Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality,and increases your risk of;
– cardiovascular diseases, due to poor circulation.
– diabetes, and obesity, because you burn fewer calories, your metabolism is affected and you body finds it difficult to break down sugar and fats.
-increase the risks of colon cancer, because of your decreased mobility.
-high blood pressure,
-osteoporosis, because your bones may get weak and lose its mineral content.
-lipid disorders,
– increased depression and anxiety
– Decreased immune function.
– stroke.

According to WHO, 60 to 85% of people in the world—from both developed and developing countries—lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of children are also insufficiently active, with serious implications for their future health.

SOLUTIONS

How can I get started with exercise?

If you have been inactive, you may need to start slowly. You can keep adding more exercise gradually. The more you can do, the better. But try not to feel overwhelmed, and do what you can. Getting some exercise is always better than getting none. Eventually, your goal can be to get the recommended amount of exercise for your age and health.

Exercise must not be done at the gyms and you don’t need a large sum to begin your exercise. There are many different ways to get exercise; it is important to find the types that are best for you. You can also try to add activity to your life in smaller ways, such as at home and at work.

Ways you can become more active at home include:
-Housework, gardening, and yard work are all physical work. To increase the intensity, you could try doing them at a more vigorous pace.
-Keep moving while you watch TV. Lift hand weights, do some gentle yoga stretches, or pedal an exercise bike. Instead of using the TV remote, get up and change the channels yourself.
-Work out at home with a workout video (on your TV or on the internet)
-Go for a walk in your neighbourhood, it can be more fun if you walk your dog, walk your kids to school, or walk with a friend.
-Stand up when talking on the phone.

How can you be more active at work?

Since most of us sit when we are working, often in front of a computer, you can be more active at your workplace by doing the following:

-Get up from your chair and move around at least once an hour
-Stand when you are talking on the phone
-Find out whether your company can get you a stand-up or treadmill desk
-Take the stairs instead of the elevator
-Use your break or part of your lunch hour to walk around the building
-Stand up and walk to a colleague’s office instead of sending an email
-Have “walking” or standing meetings with co-workers instead of sitting in a conference room.

One great way of defeating a sedentary lifestyle is to be conscious of it and the harm it can cause to your body.
So just start little and you’re already on your way to defeating a  sedentary lifestyle.

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By Mbam Serena

Medical Practitioner, Content Creator, Digital Marketer

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