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We all know that movement and exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy life style. But could it be something more?

Significance of Exercise

Regular and appropriate levels of exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – we all know that! Although exercise can provide a lot more benefits than simply preventing harmful health conditions.

When expertly designed, exercise can be used as medicine to actually treat current health conditions. Proper use of exercise has been shown to treat chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung conditions and more with benefits comparative to medicine, without potentially harmful side affects. In some cases, medications can be reduced and avoided entirely with a well designed exercise plan. We encourage people to take medications as prescribed, and discuss managing their health through lifestyle modification with their GPs, Exercise Physiologist and Dietitian.

Expertly designed exercise plans can not only prevent AND treat a wide range of health conditions, but also reduce pain, muscle ache and bone disorders such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyles are in regard to inactive behaviours. This includes reduced physical activity, exercise and general movement. Sedentary behaviours also consist of spending extended periods of time (2-4hrs plus) seated without activity.

Sedentary Behaviour increases the Risk of developing:

    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Cancer
    • Stroke
    • Osteoporosis
    • Chronic Pain

Sedentary behaviours are a major problem for modern society, for example, “It is indisputable that the negative health impacts intensify with increases in the total daily sedentary times. For this reason, it is important to reduce the sedentary time as much as possible.” (Park et al., 2020)

You might be at risk of developing a sedentary lifestyle if you primarily work in an office, or desk job, spend more than 3-4hours seated at any one given time, other than sleeping and struggle to fit some recreational exercise into your schedule.

It is important to know the risks of sedentary lifestyles, so you can make an informed decision on how you change your lifestyle to suit your health and wellness goals. It might be worth discussing with your GP and EP any concerns you might have with around your lifestyle, and how to best manage this make the most of your exercise schedule.

What can you do today?

Exercise exists on a spectrum, it is important to complete regular exercise to optimise your health and well being. Although, there are many different ways to begin to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours.

Exercise doesn’t mean you have to be in the gym or playing a specific sport – there’s more to it than simply moving some weights or running on a treadmill. Exercise is best used in modalities that you find enjoyable and sustainable.

Begin small, and start by doing what you know and feel comfortable with. Sustainability is key! This might be going for a mindful walk or participating in group yoga classes.

If you’re not sure how to begin incorporating exercise into your lifestyle, it might be a good time to talk to an exercise professional, such as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist or Personal Trainer. If you are living with an injury, pain or other health condition, please consult your GP or Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Brisbane.


Sources

Park, J. H., Moon, J. H., Kim, H. J., Kong, M. H., & Oh, Y. H. (2020). Sedentary lifestyle: Overview of updated evidence of potential health risks. Korean Journal of Family Medicine, 41(6), 365–373. https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.20.0165