Experts and doctors always advise to follow a lifestyle full of activity and movement, and avoid inactivity and rest for long periods. For decades, studies have warned that a lack of physical activity can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more.
Now with the spread of the new Corona virus around the world, the risks of inactivity are not limited to diseases only, but may threaten life and negatively affect the survival rate of those who follow a sedentary lifestyle compared to people who maintain an active lifestyle.
“A sedentary lifestyle is the worst part of our lifestyle, and the starting point for many diseases,” said Dr. Srinivasulu Reddy, a professor and chair of the clinical microbiology department at Narayan College, India.
Reddy, who specializes in COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, also noted the most common conditions associated with a sedentary lifestyle:
1- High blood pressure: It is called the silent killer, as the person does not realize how dangerous this disease is to his life.
2- Osteoporosis: It occurs due to calcium deficiency and is widespread among females, especially housewives, who live a sedentary lifestyle.
3- Lipid disorders: It is the fat content in the blood and is a catalyst for a heart attack.
4- Obesity: It affects people negatively and may be fatal in the event of Covid-19 infection.
5- Depression and anxiety: they lead to a change in hormone levels, which causes a decrease in the body’s immunity, which ends with the deterioration of the health status of Corona patients and their exposure to severe injuries.
For its part, the World Health Organization revealed that 60 to 85% of the world’s population does not exercise enough, and that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death around the world.
The organization also recommended the following to maintain good health:
Do 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week for adults, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity throughout the week.
– Doing 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week or its equivalent.
Regularly doing muscle-strengthening activities involving major muscle groups on two or more days per week.
Do physical activity to promote balance 3 or more days a week for the elderly and frail.
Do moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day for all children and adolescents, and maintain activities that strengthen muscles and bones at least 3 days a week.
The organization concluded its recommendations that more than 60 minutes of physical activity per day enhances overall health.