What are the risks of an inactive lifestyle during COVID-19?
Wed 14 10 2020


COVID-19 is haunting our lives and threatening our safety every day. In order to stop the spread of this virus, governments have imposed quarantine on people, which left them staying at home most of their time. While staying at home could be a good way to make little effort and relax, the lack of physical activity can have negative effects on health, especially during this time.

To stay away from the virus, you need to take care of your immune system as much as possible. This can be done through the right immunity-boosting diet as well as keeping your body active and burning the extra calories that could lead to obesity and unwanted health problems. An inactive lifestyle comes with great consequences on health, especially during COVID-19. What are these risks? Read on.

People who lack physical activity in their lives are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. They are also at risk of developing high blood pressure and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

According to studies, sedentary people are more prone to coronary heart diseases compared to those who are physically active. In fact, being inactive has negative effects that are similar to or greater than the effects caused by smoking, unhealthy diet, and alcohol use.

Being inactive can also affect your mental health. It can lead to anxiety and depression, which can be further caused by the health situation around you. Trying to stay away from the virus can make you anxious and unhappy; therefore, you need to avoid anything else that could lead to that as well.

One of the obvious side effects of inactivity is obesity or becoming overweight. This is due to burning fewer calories when you are not moving and can lead to further diseases and health problems. Being inactive will make you lose muscle endurance and strength from not using them enough.

Not only your muscles will be affected, but your bones may also lose some mineral content and get weaker with time. It can also make you more vulnerable when it comes to certain cancers.

Physical activity can help improve your physical mobility and balance, making you less prone to falls and more able to do physical efforts.

Your metabolism can become weaker as well and you will find that your body will be having trouble breaking down fats and sugars.

Your blood circulation can be affected as well and you might experience more inflammation than before. This can put you at high risk during the COVID-19 period as you are more susceptible to catching it and developing further complications because of it.

Finally, you might experience hormonal imbalance due to being inactive. Therefore, avoid being at risk of any of the above-mentioned dangers, by switching to an active lifestyle.

Some facts about inactive lifestyles:

  • Lack of regular physical activity can lead to death. In fact, thousands of deaths are recorded every year due to being inactive.
  • If you are inactive now, you have a chance to be even more inactive when you age.
  • Women tend to be more inactive than men