Feeling bloated while sitting all day and working? Suffering from fatigue, depression, anxiety or any other health risks?
It’s time to take steps towards the cure.
Leading a sedentary life damages your health. With the widespread increase in sedentary lifestyles across the world, major health issues have become a matter of grave concern.
Sedentary lifestyles have negative impacts on physical as well as mental health. Hence, we must be physically active to avoid such health risks.
6 signs of Health Conditions resulting from Sedentary Lifestyles:
1. Fatigue all the time:
In a sedentary lifestyle, we invest a big chunk of our day in sitting or lying. Sitting all day often means a lack of sufficient body movement and exercise. This leads to higher risk of mental and physical fatigue.
When you are fatigued, you feel less motivated to do any work. You always feel tired and like to rest for most of the day. It also affects memory.
2. Unusual Weight gain:
We all like to avoid weight gain nowadays. People, in general, look out for ways to shed a few pounds every day.
However, living a sedentary life increases the risk of unhealthy weight gain. People tend to gain weight in a short period if they sit for long hours. Impaired body movement leads to reduced functioning of our bodies. With such poor body functions, people are more likely to develop obesity with time.
Eventually, this may lead to health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
3. Stiff neck and back:
Do you feel stiffness in your shoulder, neck and back? Stiffness in these areas is due to impaired blood circulation in the body. This is a side-effect of sitting.
If the stiffness or pain increases, you may need to consult a doctor. Standing desks help sometimes. Sitting all day at work often leads to chronic back problems.Also Read : REASONS FOR NECK PAIN OR STIFFNESS WHILE WAKING UP – Vissco Next
4. Change in sleeping patterns:
Being physically active helps you to have good sleep. This leads to reduced sleep. If you do not spend your entire day’s energy in being physically active, you do not get any quality sleep.
Impaired sleep leads to poor hair and skin conditions. You also lack vitality and mental peace if you don’t sleep well.
Consistent lack of sleep may also lead to health problems.
5. Impact on Mental Health
Sedentary lifestyle hugely affects your psychological well-being. If you sit for long, you will lack vitality and inspiration. This leads to mental stress. It may also lead to weight loss. We must find ways to get rid of such health risk.
6. Existing health risks become worse:
Underlying health risks like heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure get worse from sitting all day. Sometimes, these conditions spike up and lead to high blood pressure.
Thus, lack of body movement leads to health problems.
Ways to reduce health risks resulting from sedentary lifestyles:
Here are a few hints to alter your sedentary life for improving your health.
- Regularly exercise for at least 30 min.
- Go for a run in the morning or after work to unwind.
- Do not sit for long. Use a standing desk.
- Take a few breaks in between work. Walk for 5 min. Get some fresh air.
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As we spend more and more time within our homes owing to remote working and hybrid modes of working, we tend to sit for longer hours and neglect movement and exercise. Lack of movement and exercise may not show you any adverse effects immediately but they surely have long term negative effects that slowly creep into your body and routine. And as is so very often said, prevention is better than cure.
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