Sedentary Lifestyle: Know the Associated Health Risks

Sedentary Lifestyle
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A sedentary lifestyle usually implies working many hours in front of your computer or in your office. This certainly does no good to your health because a sedentary lifestyle, first and foremost, means sitting down without doing extra movements or working out your body. At times, those who have sedentary lifestyles are prone to develop “sitting disease” which doesn’t have good consequences for your health.

The worldwide web is brimming with articles on having a sedentary lifestyle and the risks that usually accompany it. Researchers, doctors and medical experts advise people of all age groups to acquire information on the risks that this type of lifestyle can provide to them. Many websites and organizations are dedicated to spread the information out to people who necessitate help and those who can still prevent from getting afflicted by the “sitting disease.”

You may probably be advised to get involved in more walking instead of commuting, more exercise while at home in your spare time instead of relaxing on your couch after a hard day at work, and many other great ways to get your body moving and your muscles in action. However, when your “sitting disease” has reached an advanced condition and if you are prone to any diseases that might also be associated with too much sitting at your desk, then exercises and movements won’t be helpful enough. Earn an insight into what are some risks of having a sedentary lifestyle together with us.

The Phenomenon of “Sitting Disease”

With today’s fast paced way of life and technological progress, work is equal to prolonged sitting. Researchers report more than 70 percent of the population spending more than 6 hours sitting on a daily basis which brings a negative outcome with it. People who perform it routinely are prone to develop such symptoms as

Sitting Disease
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Sadness
  • Inability To Concentrate
  • Overeating or Binging
  • Spine Ache
  • Headache
  • Nausea

If untreated, it is most likely that you are going to develop the following conditions

When Exercise is Not Helpful at All?

If you recognize any symptoms mentioned in the upper lines, you will have to seek immediate help from your health care practitioner. If you are on an early stage of the development of any condition already discussed, you might be able to prevent it by incorporating more exercise and a balanced diet. However if you have advanced in your condition, you should know that some basic workouts done every morning before going to work or in the evening upon coming back home from work, simply won’t many any difference. You will need to follow more strict instructions from your doctor and maybe even take specific medication. If you have developed type 2 diabetes, you most likely know that it is due to overeating while not moving enough to burn those calories. In this case of sitting disease complications, you will have to rethink your eating regime. A healthy eating plan is your first step towards beating the condition that was triggered by your lack of movement or sedentary lifestyle. If however you have developed heart disease, starting working out more rigorously is not what you want to do. You will also have to go for medication prescribed by your doctor.

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What you can do to Ameliorate your Condition?

After all of this alarming information, you might probably want to start your rehabilitating process right away. While the tips we are going to reveal to you now are not professional advice, they are still a legit way that can ameliorate your situation, if not reduce* it. However, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible in order to ensure that there’s nothing else to worry about. Therefore, here you have the set of activities that will help you get back on track again

  • Walk more: The more you walk – the more you get your muscles involved in the process. Start by walking each day for 15 to 20 minutes in the morning or the night.
  • Do exercises while watching TV: When you get back home from work, and you want to watch your favorite tv series, make sure you get involved in several exercises instead of laying on your bed.
  • Eat healthy: Eliminate* junk, processed and refined foods from your daily eating regime. Instead, go for whole foods and whole grains.
  • Welcome regular massages in your everyday life: Visit your nearby spa salon for a 10 – session therapeutic massage or ask your partner to do that.

Bottom Line

You should definitely avoid having a sedentary lifestyle because most likely you’re not going to be able to spend time rehabilitating your body from a 6 hour or more sitting session. Moreover, while exercise cannot be always helpful, there are still ways for you to get back on track with a medical consultation on sitting disease and great tips to implement right away.



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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.