Sedentary life style and cardiovascular disease

Sedentary life style and cardiovascular disease

Technology has brought us much comfort, but along with it some problems. Our bodies evolved by moving, we used to hunt, plant, build housing. With the explosion of technology, the change was fast. In less than 100 years our world has become very convenient and easy. No need to exhibit strength or do repetitive motions, we are now stagnant. This has negative consequences for the functionality of the body.

The circulatory system can suffer, and with a sedentary lifestyle, the consequences might be in the form of a stroke, or a brain aneurism, or AVC, none is good. This problem occurs most often in people 75 and older, but 20% of affected people are younger 65. In some people a light stroke sometimes brings symptoms that may last only 24 hours, but in others it can lead to death. And it can bring after effects or sequelae. They can be cognitive impairment, depression, decreased physical function, lateral paralysis and other symptoms, and consequently suffer a decrease in physical activity. This decrease in physical activity eventually causes atherosclerosis and hypertension.  People who can maintain a high level of physical activity showed better recovery than those who remained inactive. A study comparing the recovery of patients using drugs with patients using only exercise, showed that exercise was more effective in the recovery of patients (Naci & Ioannidis, 2013). And further, prevented hypertension, atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes.

Another publication, 2013, a series of research that involved 2,188 participants and over 45 studies, concluded that there is sufficient evidence to say that cardiorespiratory exercise and a mixed training with walking will improve the rehabilitation of people affected by stroke. This improvement occurs in the speed of movement in the walk tolerance and balance. In addition to these studies show that the recovery may be better if coupled with the practice of exercises. So it was concluded that prevention also occurs in physically active people.

In order to get the positive effects of exercise it is not required any strong training or following the latest exercise fad! Just keep an active lifestyle, proper nutrition and have quality sleep, between 7 to 8 hours a night. This is the best way to stay healthy and prevent serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

So get dressed in comfortable athletic wear and start exercising.


Dr. Ivani Manzzo is PhD in Science from the School of Medicine UNIFESP – EPM in São Paulo, Brazil, with emphasis on obesity, pregnancy and exercise. In 2010 she began hers studies as Life Coach and has since worked helping people achieve their nutritional and heath goals. These articles are published with Dra Ivani Manzzo’s permission.