Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle on Health, Wellness

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There is an increasing amount of evidence indicating the terrible health effects on health and wellness caused by a sedentary lifestyle.

As the weather gets colder, it is natural to want to stay inside more than usual and not go outside for walks or other physical activities.

For others, living a sedentary lifestyle is out of their control. It can be caused by sitting for long periods of time each day while at work, a long commute to get to work, a shortage of parks or sidewalks where they live, and a lack of sports or leisure facilities.

Whatever the case may be, the health consequences are dire.

Some of the most prominent effects of a sedentary lifestyle on health and wellness include an increased risk of:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Colon cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety

Vitamins for a Sedentary Lifestyle

First and foremost, the optimal path to reduce the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle on your whole-body health is to be less sedentary! Taking periodic 5-minute walks throughout your day can make a huge difference. Or opt for one, longer 15-minute walk during your lunch break. Additional physical activity in the morning and in the evening is also beneficial.

Boost the benefits of your physical activity with these vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin D: This vitamin is also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” for valid reasons. If you are sedentary for long periods of time and are not spending enough time outdoors, you must obtain Vitamin D from food or dietary supplements and vitamin boosters.

The health benefits of Vitamin D include:

  • Mood regulation and reducing depression
  • Immune system health support
  • Support weight loss
  • Reduce the risk of bone fractures by improving calcium absorption

Vitamin C: Living a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a weaker immune system which can cause several related health complications. Vitamin C is primarily found in citrus fruits, yet is also abundant in cruciferous vegetables, potatoes, and tomatoes. Nova Vita Wellness Centers offers Vitamin C in booster injections or in a high-dose vitamin infusion.


B Vitamins: Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 are among the best vitamins to boost energy levels in the body. Often times, one may find themselves living a sedentary lifestyle simple due to low energy levels in the body. Consuming foods high in Vitamin B12 or getting a Vitamin B12 Injection are great ways to restore balance and energy for your body. B Vitamins have also been found to benefit the central nervous system by regulating mood levels—which can cause people to be more sedentary.


Magnesium: This supplement is crucial to diminish many of the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle. It won’t get you off of the couch and out on the hiking trail. However, it can support the body’s recovery process from prolonged sedentary activity which is highly associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.


Zinc: Similar to magnesium, zinc is beneficial for people living a sedentary lifestyle by supporting whole-body health and wellness. It plays a key role in skin health, immune function, and cell growth. Zinc is found in a variety of plant and animal foods, along with dietary supplements and IV vitamin infusions.


Wellness Solutions for a Sedentary Lifestyle:


Sitting for long periods of time increases pressure on your veins and makes it more difficult for blood to circulate throughout your legs. Some people are predisposed to the development of varicose veins and the lack of movement exacerbates the condition.


Nova Vita Wellness Centers offers Compression Therapy which helps blood flow throughout the body. It works by slowly compressing various muscles throughout both legs. Each session lasts 30 minutes, making it a perfect complement to a relaxing IV vitamin infusion.


It’s time to get off of the couch and stop by Nova Vita Wellness Centers. Proactive healthcare is the optimal path to whole-body health and wellness so don’t wait until it is too late.


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