The Effects of Inactivity: Why You Should Get Moving - 3rd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Staying active is an essential part of a fit, happy, and productive life. Both our bodies and our minds need movement and engagement. When we ignore this need, serious side-effects can occur. Perhaps this is why almost every piece of fitness and health advice available suggests physical activity as one of the major components. And still, so many of us ignore the advice. For those who aren’t quite as active as they should be, take a look at some of the damaging effects of inactivity, and why you really should get up and get moving today.

Excess Pounds and Obesity

Most of us carry around at least a few extra pounds, and it’s true that just a few probably won’t cause too many problems. But at some point, excess weight begins to damage your body. It can bring about problems such as joint pain, blood pressure concerns, heart problems, hormone imbalances, and a whole host of others. Over time these sorts of health conditions may compound upon each other and cause significant health concerns that last a lifetime.

Depression and Anxiety

Inactivity is one of the fastest ways to feel depressed or anxious about life. Without activity, we can’t be involved in the world around us. We don’t get to participate in life, and we begin to feel overwhelmed and alone. By getting up and moving even a little bit every day, we reduce the chance of depression or anxiety setting in and taking hold.

Quality of Life

There’s no denying that inactivity limits your general quality of life. What does the term mean? Basically, quality of life refers to the way that you perform and your perspective on life in general. Do you feel good about life, or are you constantly plagued by what could have been? Are there opportunities in your life? Do you have friends? The more active you are, the more likely you are to have a positive perspective and a quality of life that lends itself to health and happiness.

If you’re not already active in your life, it’s time to make a change. Incorporate regular physical exercise, participate in community events, get involved with a volunteer group, or get busy with friends. There are a million ways to get active, so choose one or two that suits your interests and get busy! Your body, mind and future self will thank you for your diligence in making your life active.

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