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Sedentary Lifestyle : A boon or a bane?

Have you ever wondered that by just not doing anything
we are moving towards the path of self-destruction? Shocking right?

Often our parents advise us not to look into our phones
and do something productive instead, such as reading or working towards
improving our personality or building our communication skills either by
socializing or watching English movies or by watching educational videos on
YouTube. However, they fail to recognize that sitting still and reading or
watching beneficial programs are also a part of sedentary lifestyle.


Often we observe that our parents while working, sit in
the same position and whenever they are asked to do any physical activity they
lack the required stamina to do it. 

About Sedentary lifestyle

 Advancements in technology  indeed make us a “couch potato” due to which most of us
consciously and subconsciously live an unhealthy lifestyle known as sedentary

Sedentary Lifestyle means when we all live our lives in
such a way that we are nothing but a bunch of couch potatoes. Our lifestyle
involves no activity or physical work. If we continue to live this lifestyle it
would contribute significantly to ill health.

Harmful Impacts of Sedentary Lifestyle

 There are many
direct and indirect effects of sedentary lifestyle. This kind of lifestyle
leads to obesity or increased BMI (Body Mass Index).  Health risk is more
in people who sit still for more than 5 hours a day. Indirect effects of this
lifestyle include anxiety, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, migraine,
depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, scoliosis, and even mortality in adults.

Tips to avoid Sedentary Lifestyle

 So, people are
becoming more and more aware of the harmful effects of this lifestyle,
especially at schools, colleges, and offices where people generally sit for
hours and work. In schools and colleges, subjects like physical fitness or
physical education are introduced where the students are encouraged to exercise

They are also taught about the importance of eating healthy food which
can boost their immunity. In organizations, usage of stairs is encouraged more
and in some organizations instead of sitting on the chair and doing work,
employees are encouraged to stand and work so that there is some
movement or activity.

 Some other
simple measures that the people can adopt are to walk, jog or do yoga. Our
phones have an app set which can calculate the number of steps walked in a time
period. We can set our targets and just walk! 

Even if one adopts to just cycle
and get the groceries instead of driving one’s car, it will contribute in keeping a
person healthy. Walking around in your house while listening to music will also
save you from living a sedentary lifestyle. A person needs to exercise at least
four hours per week, to be more healthy and fit.


In conclusion if we look at this problem,
unfortunately, there are no methods which could act as a long-term cure for this " bane" or " curse".
This problem should be taken seriously as it has a detrimental effect on the
health of every individual. Necessary steps however small need to be taken to
ensure good health. All of us should actively work together to live a healthy
lifestyle not only for ourselves but also for the sake of our families as
“Precaution is better than cure.”

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