Modern-day gadgets have provided us with lots of facilities to cover our daily chores more efficiently and quickly. But at the same time, it has paved the path for a sedentary life. Classically defining a sedentary lifestyle is characterized by an extended period of inactivity followed by an unhealthy diet. It ultimately leads to poor metabolism and impairs body ability to control blood sugar and burn fat. Sedentary life or behavior includes sitting, reclining, or laying down thus having low energy expenditures. Researchers have reported that less than 5% of adults involve in at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity.
Dangers of a sedentary life:
The physical inactivity of today’s generation is raising concerns in the medical community. Because all kinds of diseases associate with a lack of proper physical activities especially cardiovascular diseases.
It is scientifically report that being in a car for more than 10 hours per week has increased the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 82%. Not doing enough physical activities you are exposing yourself to various disorders like:
- Cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndromes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain types of cancer
- Mental health issues and anxiety
Side effects of screen-based sedentary behavior:
One of the common manifestations of sedentary behavior is excessive screen time, especially in young people. Screen use such as TV viewing, smartphone use, computer, or passive video gaming is increasing day by day.
Infect infant screen-based media has established an international industry as children indulge with electronic gadgets at a very young age. In adolescent children, excessive screen time associates with poor mental health, higher stress, social relationship problems, and greater dissatisfaction with own body.
It recommend that children should not spend more than 2 hours of recreational screen-based activities. Because excessive screen time is especially harmful to children.
Sedentary life, behavior and obesity:
Obesity and sedentary behavior coexist, and both cause major health concerns. Obesity is the pandemic of today’s era. And with the increase in globalization, industrialization, and economic development there are negative changes in modern lifestyle which broadly consist of poor eating habits and lack of physical activities.
Sedentary individuals lose 20-40% of their body muscle mass throughout their adult life. About 50-80% of people around the world (in developing and developed) countries lead a sedentary lifestyle which raises concern globally.
Approximately 2 million deaths per year associates with a lack of physical activity according to WHO. Every year 7 April celebrates as world health day. It gives people awareness about public health issues and promote a healthy lifestyle
Solutions to a sedentary life.
There are several ways to reduce your sedentary time such as:
- Standing rather than sitting on public transport
- Taking walks during lunch breaks
- Standing every 30 minutes when working on a desk
- Spending time doing housework life daily chores, gardening and yard work
- Doing some moderate weightlifting, cardio exercises, or yoga.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Walk for 30 minutes or jog for 15 minutes daily
Modern lifestyle with all its benefits is undoubtedly comfortable. But at the same time, it demands serious attention toward health risks. As it is said ‘health is wealth’ .So as long as you have a healthy body to carry yourself through the turbulence of life you will be fine.
But slacking off and becoming a couch potato will eventually take its toll in the form of mental and health issues. In nature, everything has a delicate balance you should also try to maintain that balance in your life. Well, nobody is going to like a slacker or a couch potato!
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