We have heard from childhood that a sedentary lifestyle is dangerous, but where did you get it all? What happens if I hug my favorite couch all evenings? Well, I’ll put on a little extra pounds and so what? It’s a pity, but it’s not that simple.
In this article I will try to explain why a sedentary lifestyle is really dangerous and who, according to scientists, is considered a “lazy person”?
Sedentary lifestyle: what’s the danger?
We descended from people who chased a mammoth. In other words, nature itself has laid in us the need to move. But, ubiquitous scientific progress has brought humanity to the sofa. Now you don’t need to run anywhere to eat, well, except perhaps to the nearest store. Thus, the physical activity of a modern person decreases with every scientific breakthrough.
In many articles that talk about a sedentary lifestyle, they often frighten with phrases like: “ The sofa leads to the grave “. Calm down, no one has died from lying on the couch yet. There are many fascinating articles in the gods, for example the Parimatch blog has a great article for newbies – https://parimatch.co.tz/blog/sw/app-bora-ya-kubeti-soka-2020-sababu-kuu-6-zinazofanya-parimatch-kuwa-ni-app-bora-zaidi-ya-kubeti-soka-mtandaoni/. However, if you do this every evening, then in the process you can get pathologies that will reduce the quality of your life and if you do nothing, you can go to the forefathers a little earlier than you would like.
Sedentary lifestyle is always leads to excess weight, which in turn causes: heart disease, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes mellitus, etc. Also, lack of physical activity leads to catabolism (destruction) of muscles, which in turn leads to diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
In addition, sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression, since the less we move, the less the hormone of happiness-endorphin is synthesized in our body. I hope you have already got up from your chair? :))
Who is not considered a “lazy person”? The 10,000 step myth.
My fitness bracelet and a bunch of articles on the Internet say that you need to walk 10,000 steps a day, they say WHO (World Health Organization) recommends this. The WHO has never recommended anything like this.
WHO recommends a daily 20-minute exercise of moderate intensity. Moreover, you should not “stretch” these 20 minutes of load for the whole day, but train once. Medium intensity exercise means walking at a brisk pace for 20 minutes a day. Now, if you do this, then according to WHO, you are not considered sedentary.
Now let’s get back to the myth about 10,000 steps. During the 1964 Olympics, which was held in Japan, one of the Japanese corporations released a Manpokey pedometer (Kei – counter, steps, man – 10,000) with a recommendation to walk 10,000 steps a day. After that, in the late 1960s, Japanese scientists, after conducting a series of studies, came to the conclusion that 10,000 steps a day are necessary for maintaining the health of Japanese citizens. That’s the whole story.
Thus, you have two recommendations for your health: from the WHO and from the Japanese. Choose any and don’t be healthy.