Sedentary Lifestyle And Its Risks

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.

Sedentary-LivingPeople 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.

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Do You Have a Healthy Lifestyle?

There is a heated argument among the masses of the world regarding the lifestyle and choices made between the previous generations and the current. One side debates that the current generation is lazy and uses technology unlike the previous ones while the other side says that people are more aware of what they eat now and are overall more health conscience than they were before. So the question remain what is a healthy lifestyle and do you have one?  There are a number of factors that contribute towards making the way you live hale and hearty.

5-Reasons-to-Live-a-Healthy-Lifestyle-1In most cases people believe that they are leading a healthy lifestyle when they really are not. In this case there are a number of factors that you can check of your list to be fit. The first is exercise. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) 60% of the world population do not get the amount of exercise they require. This is ironic considering the fact that an adult only needs about 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, that also of moderate intensity. This means that you could easily workout at home without needing a gym or sports club. Even people who do not get a chance to do this can take the stairs instead of the elevator and start walking or cycling to work or school. Basically making an effort to use your body as much as you can. The second factor is nutrition. We have all heard the phrase you are what you eat right? Being moderate and careful in what you decide to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner is very important in determining whether you are leading a healthy lifestyle or not. If your diet is high in saturated fats and sugars, it could cause a variety of medical problems like diabetes, obesity and heart problems. That is why it is important to regulate the calories you consume. Try buying organic food, fruits, vegetables and white lean meat. Occasionally cheating is obviously allowed. The third factor is something that we all tend to take for granted – sleep. People now a days are so over worked and exhausted by trying to keep up with this fast paced world that it is taking a toll on their bodies. Sleep in as important as any social and business commitments yet we do not realize it. This is especially prevalent in the case of students who try to pull off studying at night by taking caffeine pills and energy drinks.  The next factors are becoming increasingly common despite the arguments against them; alcohol and smoking. Drinking on occasions is absolutely fine, healthy even. But there comes a point where it can prove to be damaging to your life. Not only does it have negative effects for the liver and its ability to detox the body but also has a high calorie count. In addition to this smoking causes cancer and addiction which is never good. Reducing your alcohol and cigarette consumption is a wise decision.

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