If you think the worst effect of sedentary habits is getting fat or being overweight, this is not entirely true. Dr. Lisa N. Folden, a licensed physical therapist, and lifestyle coach says these 5 things will happen if you sit or lie down for too long during the day and don’t exercise at all.
“When your intestines get ‘stuck’, it’s a sign that you’re not getting enough fiber and water or you’re not moving enough. For everything to be okay, you have to exercise regularly. Lying or sitting all day is a great way to stop pooping. Take a walk during your lunch break, or try to get up and stretch a few times throughout the day to thank your body and stomach,” she says.
You have to know that muscles are like rubber bands. The more you stretch and move them, the more flexible your muscles will be. Conversely, when you stop moving it, the muscles can freeze or tighten and essentially shorten. If this happens, you may feel more uncomfortable moving around. To fix this, she recommends taking a few minutes three times a week to stretch.
She said that body parts such as knees, shoulders, and ankles have a lubricant called synovial fluid in them. “These fluids help your joints move smoothly and without pain. When you don’t move and don’t exercise often, the production of that fluid starts to slow down and your joints are affected,” he explained. To restore these fluids, of course, you have to move frequently throughout the day and more activity.
If climbing stairs or taking a walk makes you exhausted, that’s an indication that you need to move more. “This happens because the lungs and heart are no longer used for pumping and work at speeds above sedentary levels so they go into overdrive. Keeping the body active is the best medicine for a tired heart and lungs,” she said.
Not in the mood
There are many reasons why you are having a no mood lately, it could be that you are not moving too much. She said, “Regular physical activity causes the body to produce more of the ‘happy hormones’ also known as endorphins, which trigger very positive feelings in the body and generally make you feel happier and more comfortable.”