These days, living a balanced life is a difficult task. Americans are working longer hours and sometimes more than one job just to keep themselves afloat in this hard economy. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done and, most often than not, sacrifices end up being made. What is evident is that most people are sacrificing their physical health and our society is starting to take notice and be concerned about how long this can last.
Public Health and Medical experts all over the world are paying attention to the effects of sacrificing our physical health when trying to meet all the demands on our time. Recently, these experts have noted that most people spend quite a lot of time sitting compared to being on their feet. Most jobs, thanks to many great technological advances and trends, require sitting at a desk for the better part of the day. And then what are we doing when we get home? Sitting some more; in front of our computers or our televisions. All this sitting, also known as sedentary lifestyles, seems to be contributing to the staggering numbers of Americans with diabetes, Americans who are obese, and Americans who have been diagnosed with heart disease.
Its obvious our bodies were not made to be sedentary. Health experts can give you the proof that your body was meant to be active, and not just active for a couple hours a day. Even individuals who religiously exercise for an hour or two a day are not exempt from the health problems involved in sitting for the rest of the day. What happens? Well, blood circulation slows down, chances of depression increase, spine health is compromised because the muscles in your hips and hamstrings stiffen – that’s just to name a few.
So what do we do instead? We understand that we can’t all quit our jobs but we can make a couple small changes. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic suggest standing up every 30 minutes. Other ideas are to avoid the elevator and take the stairs, go to the mall and do your shopping instead of ordering online, if you want to watch tv at home then make sure you’re walking on the treadmill at the same time. Simple changes can lead to better health and that is always worth it.
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