How can a lack of physical activity impact my health?

How can a lack of physical activity impact my health? How can a lack of physical activity impact my health?

1 Expert Answer

Paul Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation,  Baylor University

A sedentary lifestyle has numerous untoward effects on health. In fact, even individuals who are meeting basic activity levels can be at increased risk for diseases if they are overly sedentary. Increased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic abnormalities (i.e., diabetes) occur from sedentary living. Obesity has reached epidemic levels in our society, and a primary factor is sedentariness. It’s important to take breaks from sitting and get up and walk around.

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