A sedentary lifestyle is usually one which involves little or no exercise, and where most of the evening is spent lying down, reclining and expending little physical energy. This kind of lifestyle has grown tremendously over the last couple of decades due to an increase in sedentary office jobs which involve prolonged sitting, and an increasing increase in commuter times and screen time whilst away from work. People need to make a conscious effort to get active and to go out for exercise. Sedentary lifestyles also affect pregnant women greatly, because their body is generally much more delicate than someone who is fit. This is especially true during the early stages of pregnancy, when the fetus is developing and the woman’s body cannot yet give the required support and energy to keep it growing properly.
So how can you combat a sedentary lifestyle? Well, firstly you need to get out and move around! This is the best way to not only get rid of the excess stress and strain of sitting all day, but it is also the best way to get rid of the feeling that you are boring people with your immobility. Moving around will also help improve the blood flow throughout the body, because it forces people to get out of their comfort zones. Sitting on the sofa all day may not offer much exercise, but at least if you are moving around a lot, you will be making sure that your heart rate is increasing.
Secondly, try to join a gym or community pool. If you are lucky enough to have access to one in your neighbourhood, then this is fantastic, but if not, a local swimming pool is free and will still provide you with a great form of exercise. Swimming is especially good for increasing cardiovascular disease resistance, and there is even research that suggests that swimming helps prevent some forms of cancer. Also, a gym membership will ensure that you get into shape, and getting into shape may decrease your sedentary lifestyle.
Thirdly, make sure that you get rid of any televisions sets that you do not use. We are all incredibly addicted to watching TV, so this is a good way to not only get rid of some of the time that you are not working, but to also make sure that you are not sitting in front of one for hours on end. Many people like to have a relaxing back chair for watching TV, so try to replace this with something else, such as an armchair or a recliner. Sitting around for hours is bad for your circulation, and there is also the risk of developing some of the diseases that are exacerbated by sitting for long periods of time.
Sedentary lifestyles can also lead to negative health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and obesity. Cardiovascular disease is directly related to weight, so cutting down on the amount of time spent sitting and engaging in regular physical activity can help greatly. Obesity is directly associated with many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. All of these health problems are exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle, and weight loss is a great way to combat the problem. Sitting all day and not participating in any type of physical activity can increase the likelihood of developing health conditions such as these, and weight loss is a great way to reverse the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.
In conclusion, it is clear that there are some major benefits to maintaining a sedentary lifestyle. Overall health can be dramatically improved through getting out and doing physical activity every now and then. The mental health can suffer if someone is sitting all day, and this can lead to depression. It is also a proven fact that a sedentary lifestyle leads to an increasing number of deaths from heart disease and other types of cancer. One study showed that those that were sitting for more than a few hours a day were at a higher risk of dying from heart disease. While this may not seem like much of a big deal on the surface, the combination of the above studies paints a picture of a world where people are becoming less active.