If you are obese or overweight or if you are struggling with your body then you are living the negative impacts of a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle in an exponential way but, in fact all of us who are sedentary are affected negatively by it.
Being sedentary is one of the 2 principal causes of so many health problems, I consider it to be a disease itself. As humans, we´re not designed to spend hours sitting or lying in front of a computer, on the couch or in the car, the human body is designed to be active, to keep moving and doing all kinds of different physical activities, we´re meant to move.
For the past years technology has become a huge part of our lives and with it a lot of health problems. We´re a lot more sedentary compared to some years ago, we travel by car to the school, office, mall, grocery shopping and we do everything we can to get the closest spot possible to the door some of us even wait for that close spot. We use electric stairs and elevator, we spend hours sitting in front of a computer or any electronic device doing homework or our job, we spend hours sitting in the couch watching movies or tv shows.
We´re very lazy and we avoid all sacrifices, suffering and struggle but, with time we struggle even more with the health problems we got to deal with all of them caused by our unhealthy and sedentary lives.
We all spend too much time sitting and we´re all looking for ways to spend even more time sitting and avoid all kind of effort, we´re want to feel good now without thinking of the future, we want instant gratification and satisfaction without thinking of the negative consequences in the future.
By being more sedentary we are avoiding all suffering, effort and sacrifices now, we got instant satisfaction and gratification but this leads to health problems in the short and long run. When we spend too much time sitting, the hormones, systems, genes and metabolism of our body start to work inefficiently. They start reducing activity and turning off so we not only burn less calories but our body is not working as it should. This leads to metabolic and chronic diseases.
Being sedentary also leads to an unhealthy cycle that includes unhealthy diets and unhealthy sleep patterns. Lack of physical activity can cause poor quality sleep and when we don´t get enough high quality sleep the hormones that regulate appetite are our f sync so we tend to eat more especially of the unhealthy foods, when we overeat we´re in a bad mood and we don´t have the energy to exercise or do physical activity. One night of poor sleep also impacts negatively insulin and this hormone makes us store fat, all this creates a negative cycle that is hard to stop.
The biggest negative impact of being sedentary is the negative cycle it creates including quality and quantity of sleep, stress levels, quality and quantity of food. We cannot forget the fact that the 5 principles of fitness they all work together not only to help you lose weight and keep it off but to improve and maintain optimal health.
We´re not only talking about people who is obese or overweight, the impact of being sedentary goes for all of us, even skinny girls and guys. There are 3 simple steps you can take today to stop being sedentary and start being more active throughout the day:
1.- Be aware of how much time you spend sitting and what you are doing most of the time.
2.- When you catch yourself checking your phone or social media stop it and get up, go for a short walk, do some stretching, do some physical movement. Just standing up is a great way to start breaking that sedentary pattern.
3.- Stand up and go for a walk every hour or every 2 hours.
Do what you can but you need to start by being aware of what you do on a daily basis, how you send most of the time and for how long you stay in the same position, if it´s sitting or lying on bed or the couch and start changing that.
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