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Jan 28, 2014 2:28 PM

Risks of Being Sedentary

Los Angeles, CA – 1/28/2014

Physicians and health expertsspend a lot of time telling the public how important movement and physicalactivity is.  We focus on the positivesand benefits of the activity, and yet find that aside from knowing thatinformation many members of the public remain sedentary. Perhaps this isbecause they don’t know the true damages that sitting and relaxing too much cancause to our bodies.

Blood flow becomes sluggish andmuscles burn fewer calories during long periods of sedentary activity,especially sitting, which means that fatty acids are given more room to clogarteries.  This can lead to heartdisease, high cholesterol, and a more active pancreas which could lead to type2 diabetes. 

In addition to these changes,muscle deterioration and degeneration can wreak havoc on the spine and causepain that will steadily become worse over time. Sedentary jobs and lifestyles can increase the pain from underlyingissues in the neck, hips, and back, which can lead to less activity and thusmore health problems later on.

To combat these issues, a personcan purchase an exercise ball to sit on at work for encouragement of betterposture and more movement throughout the day. This also works the abdominal muscles and other ligaments that encouragebalance as well.  In addition to this,those in sedentary jobs can take small steps to become more active at work aswell as in their personal lives.  Walkingto visit a co-worker instead of making a call or sending an e-mail will improveblood flow and encourage wakefulness and alertness which can make a personbetter at their job.

Activity not only benefits ushealth wise, but more productive workers and better functioning workenvironments.  As attitudes shift towardsa healthier society, not only should we be aware of the benefits activity canhave, but we should also be advised of the risks a sedentary lifestyle offersus as well. 



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