Everyone knows that being active and moving around is better for your health and well-being than sitting around like a couch potato. But, do you know the repercussions of living a sedentary lifestyle? Sedentary living is typically defined as getting less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. That may not sound like a lot of time to devote to exercise each week, but with the rise of obesity and chronic diseases in the U.S. today, it seems to be a number that more and more people simply can’t or choose not to reach.
Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer account for 70% of deaths in the U.S. today. However, most of these chronic diseases are manageable, treatable, and even preventable through early detection and healthy living. But this isn’t the only issue with being sedentary or inactive.
As if the threat of chronic diseases isn’t enough to get up and get active, the issue of muscular dysfunction is a problem that is just as prevalent in sedentary individuals. Muscular dysfunction comes from the overuse or underuse of certain muscles and can result in injuries if not corrected. A perfect example of a habitual movement that causes muscular dysfunction is sitting at a desk all day long. Sitting down for long periods of time will lead to rounded shoulders and poor posture just from certain muscles being overactive, and can cause shoulder and neck pain. More so, the position that your body is in while sitting creates tight hip flexors, which in turn can cause low back pain.
Low back pain, in particular, affects 80% of adults and is predominant among those who sit in enclosed spaces, such as a computer desk, for extended periods of time. Everyone that has experienced low back pain knows that it is not a fun issue to deal with.
These are just a few problems that come from a sedentary lifestyle. So, to sum it all up… GET UP & MOVE! Becoming active, feeling great, and living healthy life is much better than the previously mentioned alternatives. Just a few things that you can do to be more active are:
- Park further away. Walking burns more calories!
- Take the stairs
- Get up to stretch and do some exercises periodically throughout the day
- Get the kids outside to play and…Get out and play with them! Good exercise and great family time
- Have a fitness assessment done to see if you have any muscular deficiencies or dysfunctions that may need corrected. Then…
- Start an exercise program and stick to it!
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