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Sunday, August 14, 2011

HEALTH & FITNESS: Quit sedentary living!!

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Namita Jain, The Hindu / August 14, 2011.

According to the World Health Organisation, up to 85 per cent of people lead sedentary lives. That's a large number of people creating a larger problem — a passive lifestyle is as much of a risk factor for disease as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. Take a look:
1. It makes you an easy target for chronic health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia.
2. It speeds up the process of ageing. Your vanity may be a good thing after all — at least it may force you to get up and about if only to look younger.
3. Sitting all day long can spoil your posture and give you a backache.
4. Inactivity can cause mood swings, a feeling of lethargy and a general dip in energy levels.
5. Know what happens when you don't use a piece of machinery for long? It rusts. As do your muscles after long periods of inertia. The resulting muscle atrophy can lead to physical injuries.
6. Physical inactivity messes with your immune system, making you prone to illnesses.
Get moving, Get active
Step up your activity level. Every little bit counts, even household chores such as spring cleaning and carrying your weekly shopping home. Whenever you move you use up energy and burn off calories — your ultimate target. Here is an interesting calorie chart for you:

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