Lesson

Physical inactivity

Physical inactivity and obesity are increasing problems in the western world. There is a direct link between inactivity and adverse health outcomes.

Problems associated with physical inactivity include:

Physical

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Bowel cancer (and other cancers)
  • Asthma
  • Joint disorders
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Reduced immune function

Psychological/Cognitive

  • Mood disorders (depression/anxiety)
  • Reduced sense of well-being
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido
  • Psychological stress

Community

  • Social isolation
  • Increased public health costs