By: Curmari Lewis, Creator/ Personal Trainer
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Check out this weeks article on flexibility and preventing injuries. Here is the introduction:
In society today, nearly everyone is at risk of postural imbalances as the result of sedentary lifestyles, advancements in social media/technology, and repetitive movements. According to MedlinePlus, A sedentary lifestyle is associated with an inactive lifestyle. In other words being a couch potato, not exercising, and sitting for long periods of a time. In the United States and around the world people have increasingly been spending more time doing sedentary activities. We find ourselves in leisure time to sit often while using a computer or other devices such as: watching tv, or playing video games. Many of our jobs have become more sedentary with long days sitting at a desk, and to add on that most of us get around in a seated position using cars, buses or trains. Office jobs that require individuals to sit for long hours have led to drastic increases in work-related injures including: lower back, neck pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome, also an increased rate of obesity. So, how does an inactive lifestyle affect your body? A few points are listed below. For more information on how inactive lifestyles can affect you follow this link: https://medlineplus.gov
- You burn less calories, which makes you more likely to increase weight.
- You may lose muscle strength and endurance, because you are not using your muscles as much
- Your bones may grow weak and lose some mineral content/ density
- Your metabolism may be affected, and your body may have more trouble breaking down fats and sugars
- Your immune system may not function as well
- Your body may have more inflammation
- You may develop a hormonal imbalance
- You may have poorer blood circulation
Having an inactive lifestyle can create a lot of issues for the human body. By not getting regular movements, and exercises the risk of many chronic diseases can rise. Risk of obesity, heart diseases, including coronary artery disease and heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, metabolic syndrome. typer 2 diabetes, and so many more. Flexibility training has become increasingly recognized as an important way to help aid in preventing and treating various neuromuscular injuries. People without adequate levels of flexibility and joint motion may be at increased risk of injury, and may not be able to achieve their personal fitness goals until deficits are corrected.
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