What physical inactivity means - here's what will happen to your body if you don't move enough and sit too much
Think about it; if you leave a glass of water untouched for a week on the table, what will the water turn into? Would you drink that stale water? Well, now... but keep in mind that your body is about 70% made of water.
Wondering what it means to not move enough and spend too much time sitting? How much is too much? The data we found in most research show that sitting for more than eight hours a day can seriously affect a person's health.
What happens to your body if you don't move enough or if you don't move at all?
Research have linked prolonged sitting and an inactive lifestyle with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of serious health problems — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes, excess body fat around the waist and unhealthy cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome.
But much more dangerous is that lack of movement can lead to heart disease, even for people who have no other risk factors. The lack of movement has a negative effect on the heart because the contractions of the heart muscle are weaker and less efficient, which leads to decreased oxygen uptake and obstructed flow of blood the through body. These issues force the heart to work much harder to keep you alive, which inevitably decreases the lifespan of the heart itself.
Lack of exercise causes reduced muscle strength and endurance, reduced bone mass and density, increased resting heart rate, and reduced lung volumes.
As with all our muscles, if you don't use them, you lose muscle capacity. The muscles of your feet, ankles, and lower legs become weaker with inactivity, causing muscle tension, stiffness and aches.
What signs indicate that you are not moving enough?
- Your digestion is not regular
- Stiffness of joints
- You are often anxious
- You are often sad or in a bad mood
- Your eyes are puffy
- You feel fatigued all the time
- Changes in your weight
If you are able to change your daily schedule and habits, get active as soon as possible. Choose a walk, fitness, sport, dance... whatever makes you happy and relaxed, and you will see that you will feel much better very quickly, and your body will thank you and reward you. They say that even just 30 minutes a day is enough to be active, i.e. in motion.
There are situations in which a person cannot move due to health problems or old age. Fortunately, there is also a device that is designed to "imitate walking" while a person is sitting in order to start blood and lymph circulation, which consequently reduces swelling around the joints, relieves pain, spasms and tension in the muscles, and eliminates the feeling of tension and pain in the legs. It is a unique MotionCiser device designed by the famous Canadian doctor of chiropractic Michael Ho. It is unique in that it has two plates on which the legs are placed. The plates move very much like walking, the legs are constantly moving and the knees and ankles are bending. It literally mimics walking. Of course, the device also massages the feet and, most interestingly, the device has a built-in heating option. Applying heat to the inflamed area dilates blood vessels, stimulates blood flow and helps sore and tight muscles to relax. Thermotherapy is an excellent method for reducing joint stiffness, reducing pain and inflammation, and relieving muscle spasms.