Cardiologists and nutritionists like Frédéric Saldmann believe that laziness can afect our physical and mental health. In this article we’ll look at how lazy behaviour can have a negative and unexpected consequences on your daily health.
“Laziness does not promote a long life”
According to Doctor Saldmann, “Laziness does not promote a long life.” Australian researchers have lead a study that surveyed 200,000 people so as to discover whether laziness could have an effect on your life expectancy and your quality of life. According to Doctor Saldmann laziness reduces your life expectancy and your quality of life.
At least 2 hours 30 minutes of activity per week
This Australian study has highlighted the “recipe for aging badly“. Apparently, if you sleep more than nine hours every night or if you do less that two and a half hours of exercise per week your mortality rate increases by 25%.
If you do less that two hours of exercise per week you lose muscle that leaves us physically and intellectually weaker and as well as less reactive and with limited endurance.
Doctor Saldmann also reminds us that we naturally lose 1 to 2% of our muscle from the age of thirty. This loss in muscle does not help our brain which is less stimulated and can start to lose its capacities. This is like when we lose the vocabulary of a foreign language that we haven’t practiced for a long time beforehand.
Sedentary lifestyles account for 1 in 10 deaths
According to a study published in The Lancet in 2012, researchers have concluded that physical inactivity is the cause of one out of ten deaths. This means that lack of physical exercise can be as much a cause of death as cardiovascular illnesses, cigarettes and diabetes. Sedentary lifestyles for children increase the risks of having a bad heart as an increasing number of children exercise less than before.
Lack of regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes per day) increases the risk of developing a cardiovascular illness, diabetes or cancer.
Our advice is to throw yourself into an activity that you enjoy that also involves physical movement. It could be dance, gym, a team sport or even a more artistic or musical activity. It is also good to think of alternative ways to travel to work. Could you cycle, walk or take public transport instead of driving straight from your house?