The world is suffering from an epidemic of overweight and inactive people, according to statistics. These statistics come as no surprise when you realize that more people are spending less time exercising than they did a generation or two ago. Many of these people don’t even take the time to get up and move around at all. This is not good for the heart and lungs, which are the most directly affected by a sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyles have been associated with numerous health problems over the years, some of which are more prevalent than others.
The most common type of sedentary lifestyle involves sitting at a desk or working at your computer for long periods of time. The mean daily hour of sedentary activity is eight.3 hours for the Korean population and 8.7 hours for the American population. Sitting in front of your computer screen for eight hours or more every day is like sitting at a desk to write a term paper. It is impossible to burn off the calories that are sitting in those chair legs. Sedentary lifestyles have been associated with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
So how can you improve your lifestyle and get rid of your sedentary lifestyle? The first short answer is to get up and move around. Get up and walk around every couple of minutes every day and start taking short walks around your neighborhood. Even if you only get up for a few steps, you are walking more each minute that you are sitting down.
Another great way to improve your sedentary lifestyle is to find time to do physical exercise. In the US, only about one in three American adults meets the recommended daily physical activity requirement. There are many people sitting behind a computer screen too many times each day that do not have the time to take a brisk walk every few minutes. And even though you may be physically active, many people sit at their computer for several hours before they get up to move around.
Another good way to get started on the road to a healthier lifestyle and a more active lifestyle is to sign up for an online community. Community websites are an excellent way to meet others who have the same problems as you. You can share ideas and tips on starting a healthy lifestyle and a more active lifestyle. If you have tried unsuccessfully to get out of your sedentary lifestyle, you might find some valuable information there on how to overcome your sedentary lifestyle. You can also get help from other members who have already overcome their sedentary lifestyle challenges.
There are many people who wish they had a gym membership or a sports team membership but do not have time to join. Being surrounded by people who want to be physically active is always positive, whether it is just going for a walk or hitting the elliptical machine in the morning. Starting a new lifestyle of regular exercise can add activity and variety to an otherwise sedentary life and can start you on your way to a more active life.