Friday, 12 May 2017

5 Negative Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle On Your Health

While most of us know that physical activity is vital for optimum health and weight loss, very few of us realize that a lack of adequate physical movements can pose severe health risks. As per a research by the WHO (World Health Organization), nearly 2 million people die just from physical inactivity around the world. People of all age groups, right from children to the elderly tend to suffer when they live a sedentary lifestyle. We bring you the top 5 negative effects to watch out for:

1. There is a higher risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension that can lead to a stroke or a kidney disease. Regular physical exercises help make our heart stronger and when the heart doesn’t work as hard, blood pressure gets lower and there is less force on the arteries.

2. The concept of ‘use it or lose it’ is especially true for the bones in your body. If you don’t indulge in regular physical activities, your bones will become weak, causing them to fracture faster, known as osteoporosis.

3. If you are lacking regular exercise, you also have a higher chance of developing colon and breast cancer. A study showed 40% decrease in mortality due to cancer in people who were physically active, compared to those who lived a sedentary lifestyle.

4. Along with the physical problems, you might also develop depression and anxiety as a result of physical inactivity. Exercise can largely help in reducing anxiety and depression in both, kids and adults.

5. If you’re worried about obesity and can’t manage your weight loss, a sedentary lifestyle may be blamed. It is observed that physically inactive people have double the risk of developing obesity. 

Simple lifestyle changes like regular walks, taking the stairs, cardiovascular exercises and strength building exercises can decrease the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.