Cast your eyes across enough information sources and you will find disputes between industry experts and study findings; was it 5 or 3.2 million deaths a year caused by physical inactivity? It's a lot!... no matter which statistic we adopt.
Striking considerations of inactivity
- Physical inactivity is ranked 4th by the WHO as a major risk factor for chronic diseases.
- Some cases of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers can be linked back to lack of physical exercise.
Inactivity plays a role in almost every chronic disease there is.
John P. Thyfault, PhD, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine.
James Levine, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, says;
We know that as soon as somebody gets out of their chair, their blood sugar improves, their blood cholesterol and triglycerides improve, and that's very consistent. Every time you get up it gets better. Every time you sit down it gets worse.
I like the simplicity of this last explanation. The term 'exercise' scares some people because they think of intense routines suitable only for the training Olympian. Exercise should be personal - suited to your capability and body type.
Don't let the word 'exercise' frighten you. Group classes can add needed motivation and social enjoyment. If you find the rigth class and instructor you will receive enough individual attention that can make a huge difference to your progress. The best thing to do is speak to friends and ask for referrals - personal recommendations are usually a sure way to get off on a good footing.