Not fewer than 5 percent of adults engages in minimal daily physical activity and only a third of kids do. Unfortunately, this lack of exercise can affect your health in a profoundly negative way. Whatever your age, physical activity plays an important part in your health and well-being because physical activity is necessary to stimulate the body’s own natural maintenance and repair system. Researchers state that strong evidence shows physical inactivity increase the risk of many major adverse health conditions including;
Circulatory System Problems
Your heart is a muscle like any other and without regular exercise, it weakens just like a bicep or calf muscle that never get any use. Then, when you suddenly need to move quickly, your heart can’t handle going from zero to 65 quickly when there is a need or emergency.
Meanwhile, the lungs grows inefficient at absorbing oxygen, leaving you out of breath and wheezing from walking a few stairs when the elevator is out of order. Your blood pressure rises with stiffening of the blood vessels as a result, this in turn encourages plaque buildup which sets the stage for strokes and other potential disasters down the road.
Unhealthy Weight Gain
If you don’t exercise you may have difficulty controlling your weight. The extra pounds that come with too many hours on the couch may be a result of an inactive lifestyle, especially when coupled with poor dietary habits. Life-altering health problems, general discomfort, social challenges, extra health care costs and travel hassles are all possible down sides of weight gain.
Joint and Bone Fragility
Perhaps the least obvious among the risks of not exercising is the impact on your joints and bones. A frequently exercised (and stretched) joints is flexible while an unused one is weaker, less elastic, and more prone to nasty tears. Muscle shortening which goes hand in hand with this can further the problems by creating involuntary imbalance in the body that cause muscle injuries over time. As for the bones, elderly women, in particular are susceptible to bone brittleness. Part of this has to do with calcium intake but exercise is another key component in keeping the bone mass Intact.
Loss Of Balance
When you don’t exercise, balance issues can result due to muscle weakness. Lack of core strength or a sedentary lifestyle, affects your balance in many ways especially during certain physical or sporting activities and the need to maintain balance may be more obvious and important as you age. Balance plays a key role in helping you stay on your feet or allowing you to catch yourself as you start to fall.
Decrease in Cognitive Function
Controlled clinical trials shows exercise improves cognitive function in older adults who engage in exercise. Likewise, one analysis of studies showed that metabolic dysfunction arising from lack of exercise can lead to a host of neurological issues that cause cognitive decline. That is why it is important to engage in healthy exercises to keep your brain functioning at peak performance.
Increased Risk of Chronic Disease
Chronic disease is the main cause of disability and death with more than 17 million suffering from one or more chronic illnesses. Physical inactivity is a major cause. Being chronically ill can cause you countless amount of money in health care even with insurance, and greatly decrease your quality of life. Research shows that regular physical activity is essential in the primary prevention of chronic illness.
There is little doubt that exercise is good for the body and mind. If you’ve slipped into a sedentary lifestyle, its not too late to make a change. Consult your physician about which exercises are best for you, start out slow and work your way towards better health.