A sedentary lifestyle is one of the many causes of death which can be prevented. It is the kind of lifestyle which involves little or no physical activity at all. A person who has a sedentary lifestyle often sits or lies down while watching television, playing with her mobile device or socializing with a friend or family member.
According to medical researches, people who sit five hours or more a day have a higher risk of premature death. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to anxiety cardiovascular diseases, migraines, cancers, computer vision syndrome, depression, diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, skin problems, hair loss, obesity, osteoporosis, scoliosis and spinal disc herniation.
A sedentary lifestyle might be inevitable especially if you work long hours in the office sitting down in your desk or in front of a computer. But you can combat its effects. Here’s how.
1. Take microbreaks. This is as simple as standing up from your chair, and doing several upward stretches every couple of hours or so, just to stretch those unused muscles.
2. Exercise. Regular exercise is able to combat the effects of sedentary living. You can get yourself a pilates exercise chair for convenience. It is small enough to keep at home and help you to properly do your strengthening and stretching exercises.
3. Run. Running can actually strengthen the spine, making it one of the best exercise in preventing and managing back pain. If you are not used to running yet, you can do some regular walking to avoid slip discs of the spine.