What Is A Sedentary Lifestyle?
What is a sedentary lifestyle? Moreover, what are the health concerns from being sedentary? The term sedentary is defined by an act of sitting, reclining or leaning against. For instance, your job may require to sit at a desk for an extended period of time. Also, as we age, we are more inclined to live a sedentary life due to health problems that prevent us from doing everyday tasks.
A Sedentary lifestyle is influenced by many factors. Including, staying indoors due to air pollution and allergies. Traffic conditions can keep you sitting for longer. Also, lack of participation in sports, television or cell phone overuse. Moreover, video gaming is responsible for lack of physical activity in children and teens. Thereby, creating unhealthy habits.
Effects on Health
Being sedentary has many effects on your health and overall well-being. Also, being sedentary is linked to chronic health conditions such as, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and even early death. A non active lifestyle can impair your blood sugar, metabolism and your blood pressure. Non physical activity is know to decrease your bone mineral density. Thereby causing osteoporosis. Not only does being sedentary have physical effects. Additionally, it can cause mood and behavior changes. For example, depression levels can increase, then tension and anger arise. Alternatively, are you more forgetful?, are you frequently misplacing items? This can also be an effect of not being active.
The University of Maryland showed athletes who stopped exercising for a week had a decrease in blood flow to the brain, especially the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is responsible for our memory. I don’t know about you, but, I don’t like forgetting someone’s name, they told me a few minutes prior.
7 Sedentary Lifestyle Changes
Now that you know what sedentary is, let’s discuss 7 lifestyle changes you can incorporate into your day, every day.
- Stretching: Do some stretching to loosen muscles, first thing in the morning.
- Walking: Go on a brisk walk during lunch hour, or after having dinner. Also, use stairs instead of an elevator.
- Standing: If you must stand for a prolonged amount of time, do some back kicks or squats while you are standing. If in public, drop your keys nonchalantly, then squat to pick them up. Be creative!
- Ride a bike: Bike riding is a great way to get in some exercise.
- Get a Hobby: Choose a hobby that gets you moving. For instance, take up dancing lessons, gardening or walking other people’s dogs.
- Exercise: Join a gym, or buy exercise equipment for your home.
- Most of All : Move – Be aware of your activities and stay moving. Get creative!
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