Fight against sedentarism

Sedentary person
Sedentary person

When I refer to the fight against sedentarism, removing the harmful effects of a lifeless movement, we think about improving the quality of life. In order to suggest some ways to achieve this, we need to explain the notion: “quality of life“.

The concept of quality of life is complex with many meanings. Quality is defined by context and represents a set of characteristics of an entity or activity of a process, organization, product or person.

We understand that in order to achieve a superior quality of life we must establish a harmony between four dimensions:

  • The life of society.
  • The relationship of the individual with the society.
  • Personal life.
  • Satisfaction / Dissatisfaction.

Scientific studies demonstrate the positive role of systematic exercise of physical exercise in maintaining health, performance and quality of life. The quality of life refers to the degree of people’s satisfaction, being a necessary condition for achieving happiness.

When I want to act with a program of exercises and habits for a healthy life, I have to make a rigorous analysis of the sedentary lifestyle person and together, to decide what we can change and what is a necessity.

The definition of health should not only focus on the notion of the absence of disease but on the positive things of life. Health can be physical, mental and social. From my point of view, these three are in close relationship. The imbalance of one attracts loss of harmony for the other two.

Physical health refers to the total condition of organs and systems in terms of dimensions, shape, positioning of structure and function.

Social health refers to the individual’s ability to relate to those around him. His ability to adapt to integrate into a group.

This type of health implies accepting the diversity and uniqueness of the person, understanding and respecting the differences between populations or social groups based on age, gender, ethnicity, level of education, religious option, etc..

Promoting health is the process that enables individuals and communities to increase their control over health determinants and improve their health.

Promoting health is a unifying concept for those who recognize the fundamental need for changing both lifestyle and living conditions. Health promotion is a mediation strategy between the group and the environment, combining personal choice with social responsibility and aiming to ensure better health in the future.

Knowing the notions of health, prophylaxis, and quality of life, we now look at how we can combat the negative effects of sedentarism on the three sides in which the individual acts: physically, socially and mentally.

Our goal is to make as many changes as possible leading the individual to a healthier life without causing a destabilization of the life regime that is complex for most sedentary people. In this way, the leisure activities of loisir have emerged.

Loisir requires above all, work, an active population from a professional point of view. Thus we can describe a series of activities that can be categorized as free time: family activities, spiritual and religious activities, political activities and especially educational activities.

Loisir’s features are, in fact, the reasons why a large number of individuals should turn their attention to it.

Free character, through which people can express themselves. It involves liberation from the institutional obligations imposed by the society. When participation enters into someone’s obligation, it isn’t called loisir anymore.

The following feature tracks satisfaction, searching for pleasure in the ongoing activity.

Delivering creativity, easy access to overcoming your own limits, breaking the daily routine leads to the personal character of loisir activities. It participates in the personality development of the individual involved and has countless functions.

We summarize briefly some of the most important functions of loisir, which in my opinion contribute to the conviction of the sedentary population to change their style and how to spend their free time: Psycho-social function, Recreation and entertainment function, Personality development function, Therapeutic function, relaxation and entertainment, etc..

The effects of physical exercise:

  • The qualitative processing of muscles and joints.
  • Ensuring a correct bodily hold.
  • Providing physical comfort for performing tasks, sports, social or professional.
  • The acquisition of the general foundations of the movement.
  • Ensuring physical and mental comfort by increasing self-confidence.
  • Positive attitude towards the effort.
  • Good physical condition and active life.

Motor activities make it necessary to organize people’s time resources precisely to offset some of the pollution problems and poor oxygenation of the body, disorderly eating style, excesses and addictions.

A serious investment in free time activities greatly reduces the country’s health insurance spending, with physical exercise having a well-defined role in increasing efficiency at work. All these are reasons why we must say stop to sedentarism

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