The Risks of Being Sedentary (And how to enjoy a more active lifestyle)

Be honest — with COVID-closures, working from home and distance learning, are you spending more time on the couch than usual? It’s ok — we have all been a bit less active during this unprecedented time. But we also know the risks of a sedentary lifestyle are very real. 

The Risks of Inactivity

When you have an inactive lifestyle, you may lose endurance and muscle strength, burn fewer calories, be more likely to be overweight and have a slower metabolism. Being sedentary also can lead to more inflammation throughout your body, a weaker immune system, poorer blood circulation and even the development of hormonal imbalances. 

Being inactive can lead to a host of health issues, including obesity, depression, anxiety, heart disease, osteoporosis, certain types of cancers, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart diseases. The more sedentary you are, the higher your risk of developing these or other serious health concerns. 

Easing into Exercise

If you’ve been more sedentary than usual for the last few months, or if working out is completely new to you, it is important to ease yourself into more activity. Add more and more exercise gradually, but start off slow and remember that getting any amount of exercise is better than getting none. 

There are many ways you can increase activity around your own home! Physical work like yard work, gardening and house work can get your heart rate up if you increase your pace, and lifting weights or riding an exercise bike are great ways to exercise while watching TV. The Internet is loaded with free workout videos, and your neighborhood is a great place to go for a walk! Check out this blog post to learn more ways to ease into exercise while maintaining social distancing. 

No matter which at-home workout you choose, remember to ease into a routine and stretch before any physical activity. If you notice pain, don’t ignore it! Contact our chiropractors in Vancouver WA — we can treat your injuries and get you back on track in no time! 

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