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Why Not Planning Fitness into Your Schedule is a Mistake

woman measuring waistlineExercise is one of the proven ways to maintain good health. Unfortunately, many people overlook the importance of living a physically active lifestyle, citing lack of time as the main reason why they don’t exercise. The irony of this ‘excuse’ is that people always make time for things that they believe truly matter in their lives. Good health is vital for long term success in life and hence it shouldn’t be ignored. In the following post, you will learn about 5 reasons why not planning fitness into your schedule is a mistake that can have grave consequences on your health. 3186

1. Risk of Premature Death Will Rise

Not exercising can cause premature mortality. And, this is a fact based on scientific research. In a 2012 study, the Lancet medical journal reported that 1 out of every 10 premature deaths occur due to inactivity. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 2 million people die globally each year from conditions caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Some of the conditions linked to lack of exercise include coronary heart disease, diabetes as well as breast and colon cancer. 3190

2. Inactivity Encourages Weight Gain

Inactivity greatly increases your chances of gaining weight, especially when coupled with poor dietary habits. This happens because the body keeps energy reserves from extra calories in the form of fat. Numerous studies have linked obesity to lack of exercise. And, once someone gains unwanted pounds, this makes it harder to engage in physical activity. Even worse, being overweight may lead to other medical conditions like hypertension, stroke, diabetes, or cardiovascular disorders. 3191

3. Doubles the Chances of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Another downside of inactivity is that it increases the risk of developing adult onset (Type 2) diabetes. This usually starts with consuming too much processed foods and sugary drinks. The body responds to sugar spikes by releasing insulin. Through this hormone, the body is able to cut blood sugar levels back to normal/health levels. Unfortunately, insulin receptors become unresponsive over time if frequently called upon to force feed excess sugar into muscles and the liver in the form of glycogen. This inability to regulate blood sugar may be kept in check through exercise. Physical activity causes the body to burn blood sugar for energy. Therefore, exercise prevents overtaxing insulin receptors, and in the process keeping diabetes at bay. 3192

4. Decline in Bone Health

Exercise helps to increase bone density and keep joint muscles strong. Resistance or strength training has the greatest effect on boosting muscle strength and bone health while range of motion exercises will help you maintain flexible and healthy joints. If you don’t exercise, bones and joint muscles become weak. This increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and arthritis, with the risk being high among aging adults. 3193

5. Increased Risk of Falling into Depression

Not including fitness training into your busy schedule is a mistake that can also cause you to fall into depression. When a person exercises, the brain releases chemicals (called endorphins), which help to improve mood and reduce depressive symptoms like anxiety and stress. 3194

Get Moving

There is plenty of scientific evidence that shows exercise is good for the body. If you have slipped into a sedentary lifestyle, it is not too late to make a change. Don’t make the mistake of letting inactivity to take a foothold in your life as this will allow chronic illnesses to develop. Make time to exercise and work your way to better health. Health experts recommend at least 150minutes of vigorous exercise per week. This means exercising 3 days a week for 50 minutes per session is enough to help you stay fit. However, make sure to consult your health care provider on what exercises are best for you. 3021