People are spending more and more time doing sedentary activities. During our leisure time, we are often sitting: while using a computer or other device, watching TV, or playing video games. Many of our jobs have become more sedentary, with long days sitting at a desk. And the way most of us get around involves sitting - in cars, on buses, and on trains.
The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) defined sedentary behavior as any activity involving sitting, reclining, or lying down that has a very low energy expenditure. The measurement for energy expenditure is metabolic equivalents (METs), and activities that expend 1.5 METs or less of energy can be included in the definition ofsedentary.
Another aspect of a sedentary lifestyle commonly noticed is bad eating habits. Eating chips, pizza, store-bought sugar drinks and having all sorts of junk is often linked to the couch-potato lifestyle. There is very little energy utility and almost no exercise (none in most cases).
Of the many positive changes that have taken place in our generation during the 21st century, one of the negative aspects has been in the form of an emerging and increasing trend in a sedentary lifestyle.
Compared to our grandparents or parents, there is a significant decrease in physical activity and a measurable rise in health complications. One of the glaring tell-tale signs of this is that the life expectancy of a person has decreased. Where on the one hand, our great grandparents lived till age 90 or 100, our generation hardly reaches the age of 60 in some modern societies. Our grandparents had in those times limited access to better healthcare, they even endured wars whereas our generation finds it difficult even to endure a month of stress.
Having an inactive lifestyle can be one of the causes of many chronic diseases. By not getting regular exercise, you raise your risk of:
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also raise your risk of premature death. And the more sedentary you are, the higher your health risks are.
It is best to combine a variety of cardiovascular exercises, such as running or cycling, with strength-training exercises, which can include weight training or body-weight exercises. Going for at least three 30-minute runs and doing two 30-minute sessions of strength-training exercises per week would be sufficient to meet the minimum physical activity guidelines.
People can reduce the amount of time they spend being sedentary by:
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information on the topic.
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