Most who nowadays can relate to the fact that it’s hard to stay active. It’s all too easy to let another day slip by without going for that walk you intended to, or participating in any sort of physical activity. But is a sedentary lifestyle as unhealthy as it’s sometimes made out to be?
The answer is yes. And here are five reasons why.
Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle go hand in glove. In the UK, 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese. As well as making some everyday task harder, obesity can lead to some serious and potentially life threatening conditions, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Some types of cancer
Overall Feeling of Poor Health
Aches and pains and an overall feeling of poor health are linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Those who start to exercise after a long time of inactivity are surprised to see how good they can feel. Conversely, they’re amazed by how bad they felt before without even knowing it. Getting healthy doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon straight away, getting active little by little will make a huge difference to how you feel. Find out how you build up your exercise, from couch to 5k.
Mental Health Struggles
Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body, but did you know it is also good for the mind? Studies have found that regular exercise can have extremely positive impact on depression, anxiety and ADHD. It can also improve your memory, relieve stress, perk up your mood and help you get a better night’s sleep. If that isn’t a reason to go for that post dinner stroll, I don’t know what is.
You’ll Accomplish More If Less Sedentary
By setting aside some exercise time every day, you’ll feel better and get more done than if you hadn’t. Many people are discouraged from physical exercise because they feel they are too busy. The irony is that people are who are physically active consistently accomplish more. By spending some time walking, jogging or strength training you’ll actually get more done. It seems like it wouldn’t be the case but it is.
Less Efficient Immune System
People who exercise regularly have a more efficient immune system, helping to fight off various illnesses, such as the cold or flu. If you combine your exercise with the outdoors, you will also benefit from Vitamin D from the sun. This will work the calcium in your body to build and maintain strong bones, adding to benefits of exercise.
If you’re stuck in a sedentary lifestyle, you don’t have to stay there. Start living and feel better about yourself.