The Detrimental Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle


couch potato - sedentary lifestyleBetween work and school, it seems that I have absolutely no time to exercise. All of my free time goes to either studying or hanging out with family, and okay, I’ll admit, sometimes watching television. It is difficult to get motivation to exercise is my short and precious free time. Every once in a while, I will take a stroll outside, or go to the gym and take a walk on a treadmill.

I would like to start exercising more and I could not help but wonder what is going to happen to me if I continue living a sedentary lifestyle. I never thought I’d be busy enough to forget to exercise, but now I see it is more easy than I thought.

Today, I am here to tell you some of the detrimental effects of a sedentary lifestyle. You may take what you want from this article. What I hope to achieve is that I will begin to exercise again, and maybe you will too!

Some may think we are meant to relax and sit for long hours at a time, because it feels so relaxing. Why would something that feels so good be harmful for us? It does not make sense, but according to James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., of the well known Mayo Clinic located in Rochester, Minnesota, “Our bodies have evolved over many years to do one thing: move.”  This is merely impossible for some of us who obtain office jobs where we sit at a desk all day long.

Many things can happen to your body while you sit for long hours such as, a shutdown of metabolic level, a shutdown of important enzymes, and slower circulation. These are all detrimental to our bodies. People do not realize how quickly sedentary behavior can begin to affect our bodies.

In fact, our society has become incredibly sedentary that even 30 minutes a day of exercise may not do enough for us. Research shows that every two hours spent sitting during the day will increase the chance of contracting diabetes by 7 percent.

Sedentary behavior leads to nothing but harm for our bodies. However, you should not have a panic attack over this. Many of us have no other choice but to sit at a desk for long hours. Exercising more often and for longer periods of time can eliminate these health risks.

I’m not going to let my job be an excuse for health risks that may occur in the future. I am going to exercise consistently and prevent my sedentary lifestyle from getting the best of me.

Author Bio: Katy Stephens is a 19 year old college student who enjoys writing about health and wellness. She has a passion for graphic design and writing blogs.  If you’d like to see more, check out her: Google+

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