You may have heard time and again that smoking is detrimental to health. Advertisement campaigns have drilled it into our heads that if you want to live a healthier life, you have to give cigarettes a miss. And, it is working, people are waking up to the dangers of smoking.
But, there is yet another silent killer on the prowl – physical inactivity. This is a fairly modern concern and the health effects of a sedentary lifestyle can prove to be lethal.
Here are some of the adverse health risk of physical inactivity:
It is no secret that obesity rates are soaring. Inactivity coupled with a terrible diet is to blame. Obesity has struck people across the age spectrum. And it is one ailment that opens up your body to a horde of other illnesses. In fact, obesity has taken on such shocking proportions that around 14.2 million people die because of obesity prompted diseases every year.
2. Type 2 Diabetes
Inactivity can make your body resistant to insulin, which makes the body susceptible to diabetes. In India, diabetes affects close to 40 million adults and the number is rising steadily. Diabetes too is a lethal disease that will drastically lower your standard of life and unless kept under check will prove to be fatal.
3. High Blood Pressure and Arteriosclerosis
A sedentary lifestyle means you are not getting the exercise your body needs to stay in prime shape. This is when plaque begins to accumulate along your blood vessels. This thickens them and they lose their elasticity. That is when blood has to force its way through the narrowed passages and this exerts excessive force on the blood vessels. This results in high blood pressure. Any reading that exceeds 140/90 mm Hg, indicates that you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure limits the supply of blood to the heart.
4. Heart Ailments
The organ that bears most of the brunt of inactivity is the heart. When your blood vessels are narrowed and the heart does not get enough blood, its muscles begin to die gradually. This will trigger a heart attack in future. Moreover, when you don’t engage in rigorous physical activity, the level of LDL or bad cholesterol spikes and that has a devastating effect on your heart.
Surveys have revealed that India has more cardiac patients than any other country in the world.
This is yet another fall out of inactivity and high blood pressure. Narrowed blood vessels do not send enough blood to the brain. The brain needs oxygen that is contained in the blood. When it doesn’t get profuse oxygen, it stops functioning and this brings on a stroke.
Not many people understand the dangerous effects of sedentary lifestyle that inactivity poses. No matter how stressed out you are or how exhausted, make some time for light to medium workout.