The negative effects of sedentary lifestyle

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The negative effects of sedentary lifestyle

* Obesity — 300,000 premature deaths are attributed to this disease; higher incidence is seen in those who sit for more than 5hrs per day

* Increased Blood pressure

* Increased chances of clotting in the leg veins leading to Pulmonary Embolism

* Increased chances of metabolic diseases leading to heart disease and Diabetes

Story Highlights

  • Its damaging health effects are as follows:

  • * Double the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)

* Increased cholesterol-related disorders

* Increased risk of chronic conditions, Piles, etc

* A sedentary lifestyle is a cause for many premature heart attacks * A sedentary lifestyle aggravates osteoporosis, spine issues, and poor posture

* Anxiety and Depression are also significant complications of being sedentary The past 18 months of Covid-19 have aggravated sedentary lifestyle, causing more obesity, CVDs. The truth is, even if you are physically active, being sedentary is still detrimental to your health. Working out doesn’t offset the consequences of sitting all day. It can be hard to change habits but try some of these tips. A little goes a long way when it comes to better health and can help in reducing your risk factors.

* Standing is better than sitting * Get up every 30 mins from your chair, and take a walk

* Use technology like fitness tracking apps, on a cell phone or wearing a fitness watch We need significant behavioural changes, especially in children and young adults, as they spend more time on gadgets than play. It is the parent’s prerogative to find out which activity interests the child and inculcate the habit in them. Whether it is cycling, playing tennis, or dancing, nothing is taboo to keep the metabolism on a high. Chores like tending to the garden, cleaning up the house, taking the dog for a walk will expose the children to physical work, which is essential to keep laziness away. Sugar-laden foods cause rapid spike and fall of blood sugars, which can cause a lack of appetite, so foods that are gradually digested are ideal for any metabolism and need to be encouraged.

* Walk while taking a phone call * Preferably, use the staircase, avoid elevators