Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can be a very difficult thing to accomplish and sometimes, when we know we shouldn’t be so sedentary, we still have a hard time getting out of the couch, chair, or bed and doing something that makes us use our muscles. That’s why I’ve prepared a list of the effects of a sedentary lifestyle coupled by some glaring scientific findings to help you wake up and decide to get active.
- Diseases and conditions like Diabetes type 2, colon and breast cancer, dementia, strokes, cardiovascular conditions, heart attacks, and depression are all related to sedentary lifestyles. In some cases, it has been reported that the risks and likelihood of someone suffering from these conditions increases with their sedentary lifestyle.
In contrast, people who are more physically active have lower rates of cancer mortality, lower rates of Diabetes, depression and cardiovascular conditions.
- Obesity and excess weight are directly related and proportional to your sedentary lifestyle. If you don’t use up the calories you consume, they are bound to be stored. This is what the body does naturally, it stores energy for emergencies but with sedentary lifestyles this storage of energy is never used and it accumulates resulting in excess weight.
In contrast, people who are physically active tend to have their weight under control. This has nothing to do with being skinny or a super model but rather having a healthy weight in relation to how much fat is your body and how much energy you consume.
- Sitting down all day or constantly is directly related to: loss of concentration over time, loss of lean muscle which the muscle we use to do regular tasks such as walking, lifting, getting up, etc, and faster bone loss.
The good news is that these adverse effects can be reverse by taking a simple walk for five minutes every hour (especially for those who don’t have any other option but remain seated at work or elsewhere). Taking deep breaths while you sit down, regularly stretching and working-out for, at least, 20 minutes daily are other important choices you should make to reverse the effects of sitting down all day or for long periods of time.