Reducing Sedentary Lifestyle: Importance, Risks, and Solutions for Improved Health

2023-09-20 01:00:00

Prolonged sedentary behaviors, which have become an increasingly prevalent lifestyle, can lead to decreased blood circulation, weight gain and impaired metabolism. Prolonged physical inactivity is therefore associated with an increased risk of general mortality.

According to an opinion from ANSES, insufficient levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior
High levels are associated with significant health risks for the French adult population.

There is a strong association between physical inactivity and several health problems, including all-cause mortality.

The conclusions of this opinion highlight the importance of reducing the time spent sitting, encouraging physical activity and call for the implementation of preventive measures to reduce these risks and improve overall health.

A sedentary lifestyle not only poses risks for the cardiovascular and metabolic systems,
it also affects the musculoskeletal system by increasing the risk of disorders

Indeed, staying in a seated or inactive position for a long time can lead to muscle tension, joint stiffness and lower back or neck pain. A prolonged lack of physical activity can contribute to the progressive deterioration of muscles and joints.

Sedentary lifestyle and musculoskeletal disorders
Most back problems are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and lack of activity, as this weakens the muscles in general, including those responsible for supporting the back.

Often, back pain comes from muscles, ligaments and joints in the back that are no longer used enough and tire quickly.

Conversely, in terms of pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, there is clear evidence of improvement in pain and overall function in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis,
hip osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, particularly through aerobic exercise and strengthening exercises
muscle of the lower limbs.

It is also clearly established that regular exercises, in particular muscle strengthening exercises of the lumbo-abdominal strap and proprioception in patients with low back pain, lead to an improvement in pain and a reduction in time off work.

As the 2024 Summer Olympics approach, France is well placed in terms of physical inactivity!
Globally, 1.4 billion people around the world don’t move enough, according to the WHO.
As for France, it is positioned in 119th place out of a ranking of 146 countries (the first country being the country with the most active adolescents).

Our country, the next host of the Olympic Games, stands out for its poor performance.

While the WHO recommends one hour of exercise per day for children and adolescents and at
minimum two and a half hours per week for adults, the French do not achieve these

A third of adults combine a lack of physical activity and too long a duration of sedentary behavior (24% in men and 40% in women).

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