People these days have become very reliant on technology and has forgotten to keep track of their physical activity. Everything today is very convenience and can be done with just a push of a button. If this continues, people will have to pay price for their inactivity.
Actually it is more challenging today to develop an active lifestyle since almost everything can be done with the help of technology. People are less active also due to better mass transportation and sedentary jobs have increased due to computers. Physically active jobs now make up less than 20% of the workforce.
Health risks associated with physical inactivity
Lack of physical activity has clearly been shown to be a risk factor for many diseases and conditions:
- High blood pressure. Less active and less fit people are in greater risk of developing high blood pressure. Apparently, regular exercise helps make the heart stronger. If your heart is strong, it can pump blood more efficiently throughout the body.
- Coronary heart disease. Physical inactivity can contribute to heart disease in different ways. One, the efficiency of coronary blood flow is compromised in people who don’t exercise regularly. Also, inactivity can result to higher cholesterol levels.
- Colon and breast cancer risk. Physical inactivity may play a contributing factor in colon cancer. Waste moves through the colon slower if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Increasing the time the waste spends in the colon may allow the colon to be exposed to possible carcinogens for much longer. Breast cancer may also occur more often in women who tend to have inactive lifestyle, which can reduce the chance of developing breast tumors.
- Anxiety and depression.When you exercise, chemicals are released in the brain which help improve mood and reduce stress.
- Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes or adult onset diabetes is usually a results of being overweight and lack of physical inactivity. Complications of diabetes include kidney disease, eye problems, and nerve damage.
- Without adequate physical activity, your bones can become weak. This condition normally occurs in older adults. But physical activity will help strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis from developing.
Extra weight can cost you physically and financially!
The CDC estimated that healthcare costs exceed $8,600 annually. Also, another research revealed that medical spending related to obesity was estimated to be more than $1400 higher than people with normal weight.
So choose to be fit and healthy. Make changes. Start by moving and doing exercises at home for 30 minutes a day and notice how your life will change for the better