Once you wake up in the wee hours of the morning, the next time you’ll rest is deep in the night.
A sedentary lifestyle comes in when we don’t do enough physical activity that requires us to use energy or effort. As a college instructor or student, you’re bound to sit for many hours. Maybe you even take fast foods most of the time. However, it is quite dangerous to your health to think of fast foods as mandatory. The effects that come with a poor fast food diet cannot go unnoticed.
Poor rest patterns (including having very few hours of sleep) have significant effects on the body. There are many reasons that one can choose not to rest for normal hours (it is medically important that one rests for eight hours a night) due to the many tasks which need to be done.
Overall, a sedentary lifestyle which incorporates poor lifestyle choices (including sleep and rest) has many effects on the body which include:
1. Increased likelihood of Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular diseases have been found to be one of the worst silent killers within our population. Men are predominately vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases due to genetic reasons. Though women are also in danger of getting cardiovascular diseases.
Being in a state of little or no activity significantly increases the likelihood for atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fats within the blood vessels). Staying physically active significantly reduces the occurrence of such diseases since lodged fat components can be broken down – this reduces the likelihood of death.
In contrast, Varicose Veins (a disease that affects the blood vessels within the legs) can also result from prolonged periods of standing – that are mainly experienced through lectures or presentations.
To prevent cardiovascular disease, therefore, it is both crucial to eat a proper and balanced diet. It is also important to create time for exercise in your tough day to day schedule of activities. It is also important to visit a hospital to measure your blood pressure levels and weight.
2. Increase in depression and other psychiatric diseases
Prolonged hours of isolation increase the likelihood of depression. As a college student, lecturer or even staff member, you are bound to need a lot of time alone to plan and schedule activities. You may need to read a lot of articles and do research.
These prolonged hours of isolation have a very negative effect on your health. You should find time to move around. You should create time to chat with friends (not just on social media such as Facebook but rather face to face).
Face to face interactions have been found to significantly help in alleviating the existence of depression within the general population. Move around and see the world. Smell the flowers outside or just visit a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Avoid isolation and negative thoughts at all costs.
3. Increased risk of cancer
With little or no activity, one is at a higher risk of getting cancer. Being less active increases the risk of cancer because toxins within cells are not immediately removed from the body. It becomes very important that one finds a way to avoid this by moving around and eating the right diet.
There are other risks that one is exposed to such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity (among many others).
Looking at these health risks of living a sedentary lifestyle, we can see that a lot has to be done to avoid living such a life in the first place.
Sharing this information will help to save somebody from suffering from such ailments in the future. Share with your loved ones and friends and help them exercise and develop a culture of eating right. Let us save lives. A good life for all will begin with your choice!
- Walter Willett M.D.
- Free Press
- Edition no. Reprint (09/19/2017)
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