Fitness: How to change a sedentary lifestyle


Fitness As adults, we are adept at using our time, energy and musculoskeletal system in the most efficient way possible. At the same time, it is easy to tell yourself that you have no time to have a life beyond work, much less for exercise. Regular exercise helps in staying positive, active, productive and creative.

Right from birth, babies are inundated with sensory experiences that lead to a keenness to learn. They are constantly watching, trying to move, touch and taste just about anything they can lay their hands on. As they grow, their ability to control, balance and move gradually advances. Physical development is about changes, growth and skill development of the body, muscles and senses.

Participation in any activity or following a dedicated exercise regime changes the way the body system works. The degree of an individual’s fitness qualities determines their health and ability in sport. These are known as health-related fitness components and motor fitness components.

Motor skills related to fitness are dexterity, balance, power, coordination, reaction time and speed. They are linked to muscle activity. These can be carried out when the brain, nervous system and muscles work together.

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Having said that, these motor skills are formulated within an environment of rich sensory inputs created by motor units, received and processed by the brain. Maladaptation to physical functionality happens due to a sedentary lifestyle. These make the body metabolically inefficient, causing injury, especially when adapting to an active lifestyle or doing intense training.

In the absence of movement skills, techniques and efficiency, energies are bound to be wasted. On the other hand, efficiency in movement generates better performance, leading to greater energy conservation and superior safety. An easy way to change a sedentary lifestyle is to stand more and sit less.