Perhaps, another issue exacerbated by the Covid pandemic is sedentarism. Many have been forced to stay at home, often sat at a computer all day with no interaction with others, and without much physical activity for long periods of time, lured by the comforts of home.
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a range of public health conditions and has become a significant global public health issue. A person with a sedentary lifestyle spends a lot of time sitting or lying down, while using their phone or computer, working at a desk, reading, watching television or playing computer games.
Sedentary lifestyles can contribute to many preventable chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as weight gain and obesity, and has also been linked with some types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer.
Individuals who lead a sedentary lifestyle also appear to be at higher risk of developing a mental health disorder.*
Sitting all day at a desk or computer is not good for your health and well-being.
It is recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week. Try running up and down your house's stairs, practice stretching in your living room, do some work around the house. Additionally, practice 15 minutes of mindful meditation daily to help you maintain a healthy state of mind.
Although the pandemic has caused many of us to make drastic changes in our work and social life, we must strive not to succumb to sedentary habits that may lead to mental and physical problems down the road.