When we think about health, we often talk about the importance of exercise, but we rarely talk about the dangers of inactivity. If people understood how dangerous inactivity truly is, they would be more inclined to stay active. Inactivity is a major problem facing modern society. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people die every year from conditions related to inactivity. It’s important to try and stay active throughout your entire life.
Here are five dangerous conditions you can develop due to inactivity:
High blood pressure is a serious medical condition that often leads to other problems. Since your heart is working harder with high blood pressure, you are increasing your chances of arteries failing, which in turn can lead to a number of problems. Conditions related to hypertension include heart attacks, stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, erectile dysfunction, memory loss and much more. Inactivity promotes high blood pressure, so be sure to get up and move around a little bit every now and then.
When you are inactive, your chance of developing heart disease goes up. This is due to two reasons: one is hypertension, and the other is cholesterol levels. People who are inactive are more likely to have high cholesterol levels. As cholesterol builds up in your arteries, your heart has to work harder to pump blood. If you exercise, you can lower your LDL cholesterol levels while also increasing your HDL (or good cholesterol) levels, which can actually help your body against heart disease.
Risk of Obesity
It makes sense that if you are inactive you are more likely to gain weight. However, the World Health Organization shows that those who are inactive are twice as likely to become obese. Obesity is defined as an individual with a BMI of over 30. People who are obese are more susceptible to developing heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and fight obesity.
Adult Onset Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is also known as adult onset diabetes. People who have type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin or become insulin resistant. Adult onset diabetes is more likely to develop in someone who is both overweight and inactive, so be sure to get some activity in every day. There are many factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you are worried that you are at risk.
The good thing about being inactive is that it’s a simple fix. Unlike genetic factors or gender, people who are inactive simply have to start moving! The Centers for Disease Control recommends that an individual gets 150 minutes of cardio a week, so take a 30 minute walk every day during your lunch break or after work and you’ll be in good shape.