Mobile phones, to be specific, Smartphones have given us the pleasure of “running miles and miles” (not physically but electronically) while lying on our sofas. It has given us the luxury to run through an unexplored temple dressed as “Indiana Jones” (in “Temple Run”) and also to run through different subways around the world as a “graffiti artist” (in “Subway Surfers”), but on the contrary it has taken away the pleasure of playing football in a cold, chilly evening or cricket in the warm, sunny afternoons or Sunday mornings, limiting out physical activities to a very huge extent, giving rise to some of the dangers which might affect us physically as well as mentally.
Below is a list of 5 major dangers of physical inactivity that you may not yet be aware of:
1. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION:
It is estimated that about 19 million individuals alone only in the United States of America have major depression of which 10%-15% are teenagers. The major reason suggested for such depression by most researchers is the lack of physical activities by the teenagers in their routine. Researchers believe that the main reason behind this lack of physical activity is the excessive use of smartphone with 73% of the teenagers having access to a smartphone while only 15% having a normal phone.
2. AN INVITATION TO A NUMBER OF CHRONIC DISEASES:
The Human Body is such a complex design, that unlike any other machine, its efficiency increases as its functionality increases. It is quoted by a number of researchers that physical inactivity is as lethal as “smoking”, meaning that it performs the same role which smoking does when it comes to inviting certain chronic diseases.
3. LACK OF SELF-ESTEEM:
Self-esteem is the confidence of an individual on his own abilities and capabilities. Physical activity makes a person aware of his own abilities, capabilities and skills, on the contrary physical in-activity causes obesity or increase in the body mass or weight of an individual, which as described by most psychologists as a driving force against low self-esteem, confidence and motivation, especially among men.
4. EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS:
A research conducted by the Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland showed on teenaged boys and girls suggested that boys and girls who were physically inactive were more subject to thought problems, attention problems and withdraw symptoms as compared to boys and girls who were more physically active. The main reason suggested for such behavioral and emotional problems was the lack of interaction and the ability to maintain a strategic connection with the fellow members due to the lack of physical practices in their routines.
5. HIGH RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS:
The level of physical inactivity in women is significantly higher in women than in men. Physically inactive women suffer major and harsher symptoms of menopause as compared to physically active women. The risk of physically inactive women getting osteoporosis from 30 years to 70 years increases. The chief reason of it is the loss of 30%-40% of their bone mass. The consumption of reduced amount of calcium in their diet also contributes to the cause.
This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com