The sedentary lifestyle is clearly being linked to early death and more and more health issues as time goes on. As science gets more sophisticated at pinpointing the problems that lead to shorter lifespans and higher risks of certain types of deadly disease, we are seeing clearly how important it is that we do what we were made to do since the dawn of time – MOVE!
Whenever I read a new story like this, it makes me cringe to be honest because I happen to have a desk job during the week where I sometimes am completely unable to get up from my desk for a few hours. I try to make it a point to stand up, stretch, take walks and move around as much as I can, but I can feel (and see) the effects that having a desk job for ten years has had on my body.
I used to wait tables and work in fast food sorts of jobs for years before I landed my cushy desk job. I was a lot more in shape when I had my active jobs of course. But I was also younger. I still think that having the desk job for all these years has added weight to me and also taken away a lot of my former muscle tone.
I also feel like I have to fight twice as hard to keep weight off now. Again, that is a symptom of aging as well, but I know that it has something to do with the fact that the only time I get true, constant exercise is when I’m working out. If I don’t work out every single day, that means I’m only getting adequate movement when I make sure I work out.
Sometimes that may not be much, maybe 3–5 days a week. I just was watching the show “The Doctors” where now they are linking the sedentary lifestyle to an increased risk of breast cancer in women. This makes sense, since cancer of all kinds is usually a higher risk for people who don’t get enough exercise.
This is because so many other things go along with the sedentary lifestyle. Excess weight and fat, which creates excessive estrogens in the body, which fuels certain types of cancer is one for instance. Another is the fact that exercise is a huge stress buster, and those with less stress and anxiety tend to have better immune systems and healthier cells in their body which lessens their risk of cancer.
It is clear that living a non-moving lifestyle is dangerous to your health these days. Not heeding these clear signs would be dangerous to your longevity, mindset and your generall health and well being.