By Erin McKenna, RDN, CDN

People are becoming more sedentary due to constantly being on the phone, watching TV, or playing video games. Many people also have desk jobs, where they may be sitting most of the day. Being inactive can have a negative impact on our health in the following ways:

  • Poor circulation
  • Decreased immune system
  • Burn fewer calories
  • Loss of lean muscle mass
  • Increased inflammation
  • Hormonal changes
  • Bones may get weaker

An inactive lifestyle may also put you at risk for developing certain diseases such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Certain cancers
  • High blood pressure & cholesterol
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Premature death

It is important to incorporate exercise and increased movement into your daily life. Exercise doesn’t have to be running on a treadmill for hours; it can be dancing around the house while you’re cleaning, going to the park, gardening, hand weights while you watch TV, home workout tapes, parking farther away, or taking the stairs.

All of these are ways to increase movement and to prevent a sedentary lifestyle. It is important to find something that works for you. If you like going to a spin class…go for it! Zumba’s more your thing? Great! Prefer to walk on your lunch break? Awesome! Find what works for you, and what makes you feel your best. Working out should not be a punishment. Always remind yourself why you are exercising. It may be for the endorphins or to stay more focused, but always try to associate exercise with positivity.


Erin McKenna is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is currently working with Bariatric and Medical Weight Management patients.  She works with patients to help them achieve their health and weight loss goals.