Physical Inactivity = Chronic Disease

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I want to get certified as a personal trainer so I can embody both physical and mental growth. The course I am currently taking is with NASM or National Academy of Sports Medicine. There are nine months left until the course expires. In truth I have had the course since January of this year, self doubt, negative thinking and a lack of follow through has stopped me from progressing. Sometimes my ups and downs can last for days, weeks, or months; I have to claw my way out of despair and find a light. So, what I figured now is I can study for short periods of time during the day, then rewrite my notes on my blog, and make a YouTube talking about the information I just learned. All at once, I’d be studying and making content for my brand.

Fundamentals of human movement science is the first section of the giant handbook provided to me by NASM. Did you know that chronic diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States? they account for nearly seventy percent of all deaths yearly. What we like to forget or not think about is that chronic disease can lead to worse health, life quality, permanent disability, a reduced life span, and it takes a huge toll on the nations economy. We end up with lowered productivity and slowed economic growth. Health care costs skyrocket. Did you know that nearly seventy five cents per dollar goes towards treating chronic illness?

Chronic disease is defined as an incurable illness resulting in functional limitations and the need for ongoing medical care. However, most chronic disease are manageable and actually preventable. How we can achieve this with our ADL or Activities of Daily Living. In 2002 the world health organization recognized the lack of physical activity as a significant factor to getting several chronic diseases. Very few people get the thirty minutes or more of moderate physical activity on five or more days a week. I’m guilty of this too, I’ve worked out for maybe three, or five weeks straight, then I’ll fall into a slump for like two to three months. A habit I want and will put an end, especially when I want to get certified as a personal trainer.

Being able to break this mental motivational barrier will be a huge accomplishment for me as nearly every moment of the day, I’m constantly at battle with negative thoughts. Physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of getting diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, coronary heart disease, glucose tolerance, cholesterol. This is huge considering that high blood sugar alone can lead to nerve damage, vision loss, kidney damage, decreased immune function and sexual dysfunction; and I know you don’t wanna lose that one.

Physical inactivity also causes muscular dysfunction. Low back which affects nearly eighty percent of all adults can lead to muscloskeletal degeneration. Low back is usually prevalent in people who sit three hours or more in people suffering from an altered lumbar lordosis, or simply known as having a curve in the lumbar spine. There are nearly 80 thousand to 100 thousand Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries every year in the united sates, and 70 percent of those are non contact injuries. So they basically happen on there own. Most ACL injuries typically happen between the ages of 15 to 25. An easy way to lessen the chances of having an ACL injury is by enhancing your neuromuscular stabilization or better known as body control.

A sprain is just an easy way of saying you have an injured ligament. A strain is an easy way of saying you’ve injured a tendon; Sprains and strains attribute to nearly 40 percent of work related injuries. This all boils down to saying, you’ve gotta try to have a vital, safe, and effective exercise program that at least trains the essential areas of the body. Like stabilizing the muscles of the hips, upper & lower back, and neck. Also utilize a proper progression of sets, reps, and rest periods.

In conclusion, the less conditioned our musculoskeletal systems are, the higher the risk of injury. The more physically inactive we are, the higher the risk of developing a chronic disease. I am currently studying about all this stuff with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I want to be more physically capable, knowledgeable, and healthy enough to potentially help someone else do the same.

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