What is a Sedentary Lifestyle?

sedentary lifestyleA sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle where you get none or irregular physical activity. You may perhaps know that kind of a person under the name couch potato. It includes sitting on the couch watching television, sitting at a desk during work and lying in bed reading a book.

The medical community is getting more and more concerned about sedentary lifestyle because it has been scientifically proved that it increases our overall risk of getting many chronic diseases and it can therefore lead to many preventable causes of death.

Physical inactivity is becoming a global public health problem. The death of approximately 2 million people every year can be attributed to physical inactivity [1]. It has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality after high blood pressure, tobacco and high glucose levels [2].

According to WHO 60-85% of people all over the world lead a sedentary lifestyle. It affects both adults and children. It’s therefore one of the most serious public health problem we deal with today worldwide.

It is partly due to a more sedentary lifestyle during work and people are also becoming more inactive during there spare time. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of many diseases which can lead to preventable causes of death.

Here you can see a list of some of them:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

When you look at that list you most likely think that you don’t want to go down that road and will want to step out of that vicious cycle of yours and start a healthier lifestyle. At least that is what I thought. It has been shown that regular physical activity reduces the risk of many of these diseases.

Here below you can find a list of few things you can do today to make a change for the better:

– Moderate physical activity

  • Pick an activity that you like and find the right time to do it.
  • Start by doing what you can and then try harder.
  • Go for a walk every day. Start slowly and then pick up the pace.
  • Be active with friends and family.
  • Be more active at work.
  • All those little things count.

– Stop smoking!

– Eat healthy!

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