Far from being a sporting activity, our daily routine is more like a race against time. Without time for physical exercises and without much care with food, we forget to take care of our health and become sedentary. But do you really know the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a sedentary lifestyle is the 4th largest risk factor for death in the world and, although the term “sedentary” is not as impacting, the disease causes more damage to health than smoking.
Why is sedentary lifestyle dangerous?
Sedentary lifestyle, which is characterized as the lack or decrease in regular physical activity, is one of the main risk factors for these diseases. Sedentary people, in general, have a higher cholesterol index, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and, when compared to active people, sedentary people have a 500% higher risk of premature death.
Although the genetic factor must be considered, hypertension can be triggered by lifestyle habits, such as being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, and also stress.
In general, high blood pressure has no symptoms, however, chest pain, headache, dizziness, ringing in the ear and blurred vision, tend to be associated with disease. If not treated properly, the disease can lead to even more serious heart problems, such as a heart attack and stroke.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is closely linked to obesity and physical inactivity and, between the two types of diabetes, it is the most common among the population. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by insulin resistance or insufficient hormone in the body.
It is important to note that there is a correlation between both diseases. Although they may develop separately, diabetics almost always have problems with hypertension. Diabetes contributes to the increase in pressure, as it generates a stiffening of the arteries, due to the accumulation of sugar, or demands an overwork of the nervous system, increasing the heartbeat and stimulating the exaggerated contraction of the blood vessels.
How to fight a sedentary lifestyle
First of all, it is important to emphasize that the fact that a person is of adequate weight does not mean that he is not sedentary. That is, even if you are thin, if you do not practice any type of physical exercise, you are also at risk of developing these diseases, so stay tuned!
Sedentary lifestyle should be treated as a disease for which treatment is physical activity. Therefore, to prevent diabetes and hypertension, it is important to adopt healthier practices, a diet rich in nutrients, with less sodium and sugar and to exercise regularly.
A healthy diet, along with a routine of at least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day, does not prevent these diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol and even cardiovascular problems, such as improves your quality of life, increases your mood and brings countless improvements, including your sleep and breathing.