What Factors Contributing to a Sedentary LifeStyle?
What is a sedentary life style?
According to Medline Plus (2018) A sedentary or inactive lifestyle refers to the mind and body participating in a lot of sitting and lying down, with very little to no physical activity.
Studies have supported some illnesses result from a sedentary life style includes:
- Heart diseases, including coronary artery disease and heart attack
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain cancers, including colon, breast, and uterine cancers
- Osteoporosis and falls
- Increased feelings of depression and anxiety
Many professionals report it is important to reduce the risk of illness simply by getting up and increasing your level of physical activity. By increasing physical activity, a person thereby reduces their risk of illness.
As a professional focused on optimizing physical health, my assessment of an individual, who lives a sedentary lifestyle is to identify the cause of the lack of motivation to physically participate in activities that would reduce risk of illness.
I want you to meet Jensin. Jensin is a 47 year old male who lead an active lifestyle. Approximately 3 years ago Jensin was involved in a motor cycle accident where he underwent medical care to return him to his level of function. A family member contacted our office and reported they were worried about Jensin as he is refusing to do anything other than sit on the couch. They were worried he was depressed. He would communicate very aggressively and remove himself from any socialization opportunities. The family believed they were losing him. They completed some online research on how to motivate Jensin to participate in activities, however, the recommended strategies were not successful.
At WholePerson Therapeutics we completed a comprehensive evaluation of Jensin to include muscle strength test, mental health test, cognition test, visual test, activity preference assessment, prior injury activity list, nutrition assessment and weight management. We found Jensin had appropriate strength. Cognition and vision was intact. He still motivated to participate in activities. However, Jesin felt achy with joint pain and muscle pain when he moved. He took medication for pain management without relief. He found the less he moved the less pain he experienced in his day.
Through Jensin nutrition assessment, where we identified his eating pattern and supplemental intake, we were able to address Jensin’s discomfort. We:
- Recommended supplements that supported tissue function
- Provided an anti-oxidant to help flush his body or free radicals
- Modified the foods to include foods that do not cause inflammation
- And a supplement to reduce body stress attributed to the pain
- Finally a physical activity program to increase physical activity
Jensin activity level increased due to reduction of his symptoms that limit movement. We created a physical activity program that was fun. Caregiver began to communicate how upset he would be when schedule or other circumstances interact his routine and physical activity. Today Jensin is active in his community, does not rely on pain killers and has increased his activity level by 100% compared to prior to treatment.
To optimize physical health, you must know the root cause of the limitation or sickness, address the root and the rest with improve.
“Physical Health Optimization, Not Just For The Sick”