Avoiding the dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle
There is danger in leading a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, making a conscience effort to move more in your daily life, helps you to not be dependent on anyone later.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV)
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
What does sedentary look like verses working with our hands? Technology creates less physical work in our culture. We work more with our mouths and minds rather than our hands. The less we move, the less we WANT to move.
However, our bodies were built to move! We have long muscles and bones. Appropriately placed joints and ligaments ( with just the right amount of gelatinous cartilage) aligned just right by our creator. Strong bodies created to hunt food, harvest fruits and vegetables, carry and birth babies, build cities, travel long distances, and carry out every minor and major task of daily living.
A sedentary lifestyle is minimal or little activity to stimulate muscles, tendons, bones to function in the normal pattern. Lack of muscle movement weakens muscles and bones. It allows floating fat in the blood to be stored in the liver and then spills over into fat cells because it can’t hold it all. The result is weight gain, lower metabolism, build up of fat and plaque in the arteries.
According to the National Institute of Health, “More than 10 million Americans are afflicted with clinically significant cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infraction, angina pectoris, peripheral vascular disease, and congestive heart failure. In addition, more than 300,000 patients per year are currently subjected to coronary artery bypass surgery and a similar number to percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Increased physical activity appears to benefit each of these groups. Benefits include reduction in cardiovascular mortality, reduction of symptoms, improvement in exercise tolerance and functional capacity, and improvement in psychological well-being and quality of life.”
Keep that gift of the body strong so you can carry out the tasks the Lord has set aside just for you to do! Pray for the desire to move more, eat more fruits and vegetables, and be open to His teaching and His word. God Bless!