A Sedentary Lifestyle

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A Sedentary Lifestyle
Travanti Andrews
Excelsior College
April 21, 2013

A Sedentary Lifestyle
Most people dream of a life where they can retire and become a couch potato, but in reality being a couch potato doesn’t have all of the positive perks that come with relaxation. The term “couch potato” is also known as a sedentary lifestyle. In my essay, I will discuss the negative impacts of having a sedentary lifestyle has on our society.
A sedentary lifestyle is a way of living in which a person, an adult or child, has a significant lack of physical exercise for what is generally considered to have a healthy lifestyle. The term is normally used by doctors or professionals within the medical field to explain a lifestyle among many people in highly developed countries that does not afford them opportunities for physical activity. Technology such as television, video games, and computer use is partly to blame for this way of life. Other reasons surrounding this lifestyle can be contributed to inactive living with such high demands for the work force and just being lazy. As much as technology has developed and contributed to the further advancement of the world, it has also been a curse when it comes to a sedentary lifestyle.
Emotional factors such as depression can have a lot to do with sedentary lifestyle. “A study of physical activity in more than 7,000 teenagers found that inactivity is associated with emotional and behavioral problems. Teens with less than one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week had more symptoms of anxiety, withdrawal, depression, sleep problems, rule-breaking behaviors, attention problems, and somatic complaints (body pain). Study author Marko T. Kantomaa stated in an American College of Sports Medicine news release, "Negative mental and emotional effects brought on by physical inactivity does not help young…...

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