Technology has evolved significantly over the century. Work that was done manually before is now being operated by people but through an array of machines and equipment. This has made people become relatively lazier and lethargic compared to before. This is when the term sedentary lifestyle comes in where there is very little, irregular or no physical activity. In common slang words it is also known as slobbish or being a couch potato. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) an individual should walk at least 5 miles a day or participate on 150 minutes of moderate activity. Physical inactivity has become the fourth leading risk for mortality throughout the world. The idea is to sit less and move around as much as you can, may it be to walk to work or school. Now a days a lot of jobs involve sitting behind a desk and working from there. Generally, sedentary professions have amplified 83% since 1950 and physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of the labor force, which is 50% less than in 1950. This can be harmful to your health in many ways. After all, your body is meant to be used for everyday functions. Physical inactivity can lead to many conditions such as cancer, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, elevated cholesterol levels and a high blood pressure as elaborated below.
People who lead a sedentary lifestyle have increased risk of colon and breast cancer, a 40% higher rate than compared to physically active people. It is also a cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. There was also a research that proved that watching TV for more than 2 hours day puts you at a 14% increased risk of developing diabetes. Dementia and other kinds of cognitive decline can result from your sedentary lifestyle in the future. The biggest risk is of heart attacks and diseases. If we do not exercise the heart, it does not work as properly as it did before especially as one ages. Strokes also known as brain attacks risks are lowered by two thirds with regular moderate exercise. Not using your muscles enough could lead to loss of muscle motor skills and degenerating of bones. Soon these people find themselves in situations where they cannot perform everyday duties such as dressing or bathing themselves (keep in mind that these are extreme cases). Physically inactive individuals may become depressed or emotionally disturbed. This is because exercise and moving about reduces mood swings and gives emotional comfort. Lastly, it effects are immunity and weight. Deskbound people are likely to gain weight and have obesity problems. It also weakens the immune system and the body finds it hard to ward off diseases that it normally could on its own.
In conclusion, it is wiser to fix yourself before it gets too late. If you are seeing the signs of a sedentary lifestyle in your work or social activities, then it is better to fix it when you have the chance.