We all know that exercise is good for our health, but what are some of the negative health outcomes to a sedentary lifestyle?
Sitting accelerates ageing. According to studies, it increases your risk of conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular events, even organ damage (heart, pancreas, colon), accelerates muscle decline, contributes to weak bones (osteopenia and osteoporosis) and even just one day of prolonged sitting lowers your insulin response.
A fair few women discuss the issue of belly fat during consultations. This can be a combination of things (bloating, diet, hormones, metabolism etc) but can also be a result of prolonged sitting and under-exercising.
When you slump in a chair, abdominal muscles go slack while lower back muscles tighten leading to a swayback. The sway in your lower back pushes on the abdomen, and your hip flexors are too tight to pull the belly back into the core. The result is a bulging belly. Exercise helps to get the hip flexors working again, tucking your belly in behind your abdominal muscles where it belongs. Exercise also helps with detoxification of course. Without exercise, our lymphatic network is not moving around our body, so waste just accumulates, contributing to inflammation and all kinds of health issues.
The top ten reasons we don’t exercise:
1. No time 2. Easily bored 3. Not a morning person 4. Neglecting family 5. Too tired after work 6. Don’t know what to do 7. Too sick 8. No follow through 9. I’ll start tomorrow 10. Lazy
It’s always good to have a reminder of the importance of exercise for: mental health, sleep, detoxification, lower body weight (visceral fat), better waist circumference, better adiponectin levels (the hormone that burns fat), improved cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and overall general health and prevention.
Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of conditions commonly affecting women and children, with a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions, as well as women’s hormonal concerns, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, and skin concerns. Yvette consults in Camberwell and South Yarra, Melbourne, as well as Australia-wide via skype/zoom/phone. Book here.