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Effects of an Inactive Lifestyle

Are you making excuses to not exercise?

Often many of us do not even think twice about how excuses can result in such damaging effects on our health! Take a moment to absorb the reality of some of the increased risks associated with the choices of inactivity.

Here is a list of a few risks and possible consequences of not exercising!

Increased Risk of High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

High blood pressure / hypertension can dramatically increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia, kidney disease and more. Reduce your blood pressure and reduce your risks! Exercise plays a key role to help you achieve a healthy weight, manage stress and reduce your risk. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease / Stroke

Heart attacks occur when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart, resulting in the heart not receiving the proper oxygen and nutrients it needs! Reduce your risks with regular physical activity, which can help improve cholesterol levels, decrease blood pressure, improve oxygen flow to your muscles and more. Being active has endless health benefits... choose to love yourself; your heart health is up to you!

Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of damage to blood vessels, which greatly increases risks of heart disease and stroke. In addition, kidney failure, blindness, nerve and circulation damage are potentially all additional effects! Reduce your risks by choosing to eat healthy & exercise regularly to lower excess body weight and be sure to reduce any alcohol consumption. Small changes can lead to great results. The choice is yours!

Increased Risk of Dementia

Dementia causes memory loss which can eventually lead to complete loss of memory, social skills, cognition, rationality, and independence! It is very important to stay physically and mentally active to help reduce your risks. Regular physical activity (30 minutes, 5 days a week) and social activities (Regular visit with friends and family, reading, puzzles, movies, hobbies, etc.) can help keep your body and mind healthy!

Increased Risk of Osteoarthritis / Arthritis

Arthritis can be extremely painful causing pain in joints, degeneration of joint cartilage, stiffness, inflammation and more, resulting in great difficulty with daily tasks! Regular exercise can have many benefits, like reducing symptoms and improving joint movement and overall bone health!

Increased Risk of Depression / Mental Health Challenges

Depression can become very serious with extreme feelings of sadness, lack of confidence, social seclusion, negative thoughts, loss of interest in normally enjoyed activities, difficulty to concentrate, fatigue and more! Regular exercise is a great way to help combat feelings of depression. Exercise can help improve your moods, increase self-confidence, energy, and much more. Start by being active a little each day and reduce your risks!

Increased Risk of Several Cancers

Cancer is a disease spread by the division of abnormal cells that can cause serious illness which can eventually lead to death! Take care of your health, choose to do regular physical activity, have a healthy diet, and avoid alcohol and smoking to greatly reduce the risks!

Increased Risk of Obesity

Obesity can severely increase your risks of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease, gallbladder disease and much more! Daily exercise and a well-balanced diet are very important to help achieve a healthy body weight and dramatically decrease a wide variety of health risks!

Increased Risk of Falls

Sedentary lifestyles can greatly increase the risks of falls, caused by a decrease in strength and balance. Falls can result in serious injuries and the possibility of affecting the ability to stay independent! Choosing to exercise can greatly improve your balance strength and reduce your risks!

Risk of Decreased Life Expectancy

Lack of exercise and lack of proper nutrition are part of an endless list of serious health risks. These risks can lead to shortening your life expectancy, or in some cases even result in death! We all only have one body to take us through life, so take care of your body like a temple! Choose to love yourself, take care of yourself and include important healthy steps like exercise and a well-balanced diet each and everyday!


Remember the risks next time you think of making an excuse to not exercise!
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