While it may not be everyone’s all-time favorite pastime, we all know that regular exercise is important for our health.
Without exercise, scary things will start to happen to your body –not only on the outside, but the inside as well. Not only does lack of exercise lead to muscle loss and a dropped metabolism, you also run the risk of other serious heath complications as well.
Just because the health implications of sitting for too long can go undetected for a time –doesn’t mean they’re not important! Let’s take a look at some serious issues that a lack of exercise can lead to.
The most obvious reason to get moving is to keep your weight in check. But it’s not all about vanity –introducing an exercise routine can have important health implications as well. Being overweight can increase your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more –and maintaining a healthy weight can help to stave off many of these issues. Even taking small steps can help –according to one study, an hour of walking daily cuts the risk of obesity by 24 percent.
Weakened Bones and Muscle Loss
Sitting after a long walk, hike or day spent on your feet isn’t a bad thing. But spending all day sitting can lead to some serious health issues, such as weakened bones and muscle loss. Bone density naturally lessens as you get older –but a sedentary lifestyle around can speed up the process and leave you with brittle bones.
Another nasty side effect of sitting for too long is that it’s not great for your posture. When you sit you slouch, and slouching puts a strain on your spinal cord, neck, and back; impacting your posture. To combat this, make an effort to sit up straight when you’re at your desk, try to get up and stretch every hour, and of course –do lots of walking once you’re off work!
Mental Health Issues
When you don’t exercise your mental health takes a big hit as well. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins –natural pain killers that help to elevate your mood. Physical activity and fresh air are important for your mood –and for keeping your brain stimulated and sharp.
Even if your job requires you to be at a desk all day, you don’t have to live a sedentary lifestyle. Getting up from your desk every hour and doing stretching or some quick exercises can help. As can taking a brisk walk every day, or doing an intense workout twice a week offers numerous health benefits, and will help to keep you in good shape –and feeling great as well.
What’s your favorite way to be active?