How can leading a sedentary life decreased life expectancy?
April 8th, 2019
- Sitting still for long periods of time has been linked to being overweight, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, some forms of cancer and premature death.
- The NHS states that prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down fat. This is turn can lead to decreased life expectancy.
How often should we get up from our desks?
- Most people with sedentary or desk-based jobs, spend around 7-8 hours (or more) stationary, which isn’t good for their health. It is important to have regular breaks to stretch out your body, fingers and hands (if using a keyboard frequently) and to give your eyes a rest from the glare of a computer screen.
- I would recommend moving your position at your desk at least every 20/30 mins and even having a short walk around the office or to the toilet/photocopier. Anything to change your position and loosen up your joints.
- It is important to take all your allocated work breaks and ideally take a walk to clear the mind and help the body.
What little movements can we incorporate into everyday life to improve our health?
- Just 30 minutes of exercise a day, even small movements can have huge health benefits and help to offset problems like osteoporosis, retain your muscle mass, avoid back pain and lower your risk of heart problems.
- A short lunchtime walk can help towards your daily step count (recommended 10,000) and improve your health. Most health professionals are also in agreement that walking 10,000 steps a day (approximately 5 miles) is the ideal goal to set for improving health and reducing the health risks caused by inactivity.
- Starting the day with a little stretch is great for loosening the body and keeping the blood flowing. Stretching regularly will make you a lot more resilient to injury as you make your way through mid-life.
- If you haven’t got time for walks, aim to rotate your hips, shoulders, knees and ankles, and open the spine. Slight movements can make all the difference.
- Take the stairs over the lift
- Do a little bit of gardening and cleaning
- Park further away from work/home to take a few extra steps
What happens to our body when we overeat?
- Overrating usually leads to weight gain, which in turn, can put such an intolerable strain on the body, including the heart and internal organs, which lead to health issues like heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer.
How is social isolation dangerous for our health?
- Humans are made to interact and if they are not talking to others or moving on a regular basis then both their physical and mental health can be dramatically affected.
- Social isolation can more often that not, lead to depression.
- It can also increase the chances of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.
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