The Silent Killer:
How Inactivity Leads to
Living in the Modern World
In today's world, we often find ourselves leading sedentary lives. The conveniences of modern technology mean we are moving less and sitting more. Whether it's working long hours at a desk, commuting, or unwinding in front of the television, our lifestyles tend to promote inactivity.
The Cost of a Sedentary Lifestyle
What many don't realize is that leading a physically inactive life comes with a high price. Approximately 35% of all coronary heart disease deaths, the leading cause of death in the United States, are attributed to physical inactivity. That's an astounding 245,000 lives potentially saved each year by making the shift towards a more active lifestyle.
Weight and Inactivity: A Double Whammy
A sedentary lifestyle doesn't only increase the risk of heart disease. When combined with excess weight, it's a significant contributor to liver cancer, with one-third of all liver cancer cases being linked to obesity.
The Power of an Active Lifestyle
Here lies the importance of an active lifestyle. Becoming physically active doesn't mean you need to start training for a marathon or spend hours at the gym every day. It's about incorporating more movement into your daily routine, in whatever way works for you.
Benefits of Getting Active
By choosing to be more active, you stand to reap a host of benefits, such as:
Reduced Risk of Disease: Regular physical activity can significantly reduce your risk of diseases like coronary heart disease and liver cancer.
Weight Management: Combined with a healthy diet, regular physical activity is key to maintaining a healthy weight.
Improved Mental Health: Physical activity has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and promote better sleep.
Enhanced Quality of Life: Regular physical activity can boost your energy levels, improve your mood, and promote overall well-being.
Tips for Leading an Active Lifestyle
So, ready to get moving? Here are some tips to help you make the shift:
Start Small: Begin with simple changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking a little further from your destination to walk more.
Find Activities You Enjoy: You're more likely to stick with physical activity if you enjoy it. This could be anything from dancing and hiking to gardening or yoga.
Make it a Habit: Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine until it becomes a habit.
Seek Support: Engage a friend or family member in your physical activity or consider working with a wellness coach to guide and support you.
Remember, it's never too late to make a change. At The New Standard Wellness Coaching, we're here to support you every step of the way on your journey towards overall wellness. Together, we can change the statistics and lead healthier, more active lives.