Do you have sitting disease?
5.3 million deaths globally a year are linked to sedentary lifestyles (which if you wondered is more than the amount of deaths linked to smoking)! That’s a lot. The most ironic thing about it is that these deaths are caused by simply doing nothing!
We’re increasingly told that being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers but what can we do about it? Compared to 100 years ago, our levels of activity are tiny! The number of manual jobs are reducing, the number of people sat in an office for over 8 hours a day are increasing AND we’re now being told that even if we go to the gym or exercise, the damage cannot be undone.
What should I be doing?
The NHS advise that adults aged 19-64 need to be active daily and do a mixture of aerobic and strength exercises.
Are the next generation doomed?
To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5-18 need to do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Research suggests otherwise.
Countless articles and studies state that sedentary lifestyles are taking their toll on children’s well being.
Over 70% of young people in the UK DO NOT undertake the recommended level of activity.
With the increase of technology and screen time, not only are children spending less time being active but there has also been a link between increased screen time and lower self-esteem as well as higher levels of emotional distress, anxiety and depression.
Healthy body, healthy mind!
With a few simple changes, being active can become a habit a shape and better future. It is also scientifically proven that exercise increases brain functionality, concentration and focus.
What are you waiting for? Get moving and inspire the next generation to get moving too!