Physical activity has always been one of the best allies of both physical and mental well-being. Doctors, dieticians and nutritionists have always advised us to combine proper nutrition with a good lifestyle.
All this to try to make the most of our health and the benefits of living well. However, the focus is often more on the benefits than the real drawbacks of not doing sports. Do we know what could happen to our body if we lead an excessively sedentary life?
Here’s what you risk if you lead an excessively sedentary life according to the WHO
Physical activity, as mentioned above, is a good way to stay healthy, but to have any benefits it is necessary to do it regularly. And not only.
We do not think about it, but a sedentary lifestyle is not synonymous with inactivity. Hence, even individuals accustomed to physical training can be sedentary. Because even if they carry out the minimum recommended sport activity, they may spend the rest of the day sitting or moving little.
The World Health Organization, in fact, has recently been pressing on an awareness campaign which aims to spread that “little is better than nothing”. But training, as we have seen, is not enough, it is also important to keep in mind some tips to improve our performance.
Here’s what the WHO advice is
The Organization recommends that all individuals of adult age pay attention to the periods in which they sit or lie down. The advice is to avoid staying in these positions for more than 30 minutes. Taking an “active break” and stretching with small movements is necessary.
You just need to stand up, walk a little or do some bodyweight exercises as you please. All this even for just 2-3 minutes, every 30 minutes of sedentary lifestyle.
Here, on the other hand, is what you risk if you lead an excessively sedentary life, again according to the WHO: poor physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle would decrease the capacity of our metabolism. This would increase the risks of developing cardiovascular disease or even diabetes, as a result of forms of insulin resistance.
According to the WHO, sedentary lifestyle is the cause of about 3.2 million deaths a year, since many people who develop pathologies such as those indicated above, are found to have a sedentary life.
Therefore, we always remember that even a little is always better than nothing and that alternating states of inactivity with small activities can concretely make a difference for our health.
(The information in this article is for information purposes only and does not in any way substitute for medical advice and / or the opinion of a specialist. Furthermore, it does not constitute an element for formulating a diagnosis or for prescribing a treatment. For this reason it is recommended, in any case, to always seek the advice of a doctor or a specialist and to read the warnings given. WHO”)