Diet & Stress
A well balanced diet is crucial in preserving health and helping to reduce stress. Certain foods and drinks act as powerful stimulants to the body and hence are a direct cause of stress.

Sedentary lifestyle is used to denote a type of lifestyle most commonly found in modern cultures. It is characterized by sitting or remaining inactive for most of the day, with little or no exercise.

Are you a Victim of Sedentary Lifestyle? Read on to know how you can bring some activity into your daily routein.

Overweight and a sedentary lifestyle are directly linked and are together responsible for most of the lifestyle diseases that we come across today. The problem is caused by people eating too much, or exercising too little, or most often; a combination of both.

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, depression and even hemorrhoids.

Lack of exercise causes muscle atrophy, i.e. shrinking and weakening of the muscles thereby increasing susceptibility to physical injury. Additionally, Physical fitness is correlated with immunity and a reduction in physical fitness is generally accompanied by a weakening of the immune system.

Research shows that people who are physically active are biologically younger than the ones who are couch potatoes. This means that your body may feel and appear much older than you actually are.

Today, a lot of people just sit and work. They spend endless hour watching TV, and they hold jobs that require them to sit behind the desk for 8 or 9 or 10 hours a day engaging in virtually no physical movement at all. As a result, they are being diagnosed with chronic diseases. It is important to maintain a minimum level of physical activity as it provides a number of immediate health benefits and prevents lifestyle diseases later in life.

Much more than weight loss:

It is important to be physically active not just to lose weight but for a number of other reasons:

> Low levels of activity, resulting in fewer calories used than consumed, contribute to the high prevalence of obesity or overweight.
> Physical activity may lead to better body fat distribution.
> A number of health benefits can be obtained by including a moderate amount of physical activity during the day
> Physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes mellitus in particular
> Physical activity also improves mental health and is good for the muscles, bones and joints

According to most guidelines, 30 minutes of physical activity in a day for just five days in a week can have significant health benefits.For those with high-stress jobs or desk jobs, a brisk walk for 30 minutes for every working day of the week helps in not only weight management but also in preventing a number of posture and lifestyle related disorders.

Lose weight the healthy way:

Engaging in physical activity will help you in permanent weight loss. It will improve your metabolism and also keep you away from lifestyle diseases. Most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle simply because we do not have the time to exercise.

Get going:

It is important that you build physical activity into your daily schedule. It would be difficult at first but you must keep in mind the following tips:

> Start gradually. Once you achieve a certain level of activity, only then move on to the second step.
> Do not give yourself targets you can not achieve.
> Set specific goals for yourself. This makes it easier to reach the goals
> Involve your family and friends. Let them motivate you to do your best.
> Focus on the long term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
> Take up a sport

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