Lack of physical activity is fast turning into one of the major chronic illnesses, though it is lifestyle-related. People these days don’t need to move much to manage their day-to-day tasks. Even when they are taking care of their professional responsibilities, most of the jobs are handled by either computers or machines. There is very little physical activity. Zero exercise or lack of physical activity can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as coronary heart disease, certain kinds of cancers, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Even these illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension can lead to other problems such as liver and kidney diseases. If you have been living a sedentary lifestyle or if you think that you don’t get as much exercise as you should, you should definitely get a zero exercise test done. This test may consist of multiple tests such as lipid profile test to know your cholesterol levels, HbA1c test to know your blood sugar level, blood glucose fasting test, cholesterol-total blood test, Vitamin D test and hemoglobin Hb test. These tests will tell you the harmful effects of zero exercise on your body and various organs.
Zero exercise or very low physical activity can have multiple adverse effects on your body. Some of them include
Loss of muscle mass
Slower or compromised metabolism
Poor blood circulation
Inflammation in various body parts
Lack of energy
A timely zero exercise test can reveal the ailments your body is going through due to lack of activity. Since there is no particular test for zero exercise (you know it by yourself), there is a series of tests that can be conducted to know various facets of your current health such as your cholesterol levels through the lipid profile test, your blood glucose levels through the HbA1c test and other tests.
Zero exercise or persistent sedentary lifestyle takes hold of your life mostly unconsciously. Household activities these days don’t require much physical movement. Even to go to the nearby grocery store people use their vehicle. When they are in office or even when they are working in a factory, it is mostly computers and machines that do the job. Even when we are being entertained, we sit in front of TV instead of playing physical games. In the process we burn fewer calories. The sugar remains unconsumed. Due to inactivity the bones and muscles become weak. Cholesterol begins to get deposited in the heart arteries because there is more of it in the blood and since the heartbeat doesn’t increase much due to zero exercise, the arteries are not regularly flushed.
Additionally, zero exercise reduces lipoprotein lipase activity, protein transport activities and processes that handle muscle glucose. It also impairs lipid metabolism and diminishes carbohydrate metabolism. Some of the life-threatening diseases and ailments triggered by lack of activity or zero activity include
Type II diabetes
Heart disease leading to heart attack
Coronary artery disease
Osteoporosis (bones break easily)
Depression and suicidal thoughts
Kidney and liver diseases
Frequenlty Asked Questions
Why is taking a zero exercise test important?
The human body is not meant to sit around unless there is a medical problem. For hundreds of thousands of years the human body has been used to walking miles on miles on a daily basis. It’s just been a few decades when our lifestyle suddenly turned alarmingly sedentary. Hence, most of our body functions haven’t yet gotten used to such a lifestyle. Zero exercise leads to diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and scores of other ailments that can be life threatening. Although, there is no single zero exercise test, a series of tests can be performed to know the glucose levels in the blood, the cholesterol levels in the blood, the health of livers and kidneys, and the state of other organs and bodily functions. Based on the tests, you can maybe change your lifestyle and start spending time in more physical activities.
What is the process of getting a zero exercise test done?
There is no single zero exercise test. It is a series of tests that reveal to you what havoc lack of activity has been wreaking on your body. Once you fix up an appointment, a phlebotomist will pay you a visit. He or she will take your blood sample from your arm and submit it to our lab.
Can zero exercise be life-threatening?
Zero exercise or lack of activity or sedentary lifestyle in itself is not life-threatening, but it can certainly lead you to life-threatening ailments. In the absence of physical activity, you may develop diabetes. This can be life threatening, especially when it damages your kidneys. Similarly, you accumulate cholesterol in your arteries and this can lead to heart attack. Similarly, there are many life-threatening diseases that can develop if you do zero exercise. Therefore it is very important to get a zero exercise test done at the earliest if you feel that you are not as active as you should be.
What can be done to reverse the damage done by zero exercise?
First of all, get a physical test done to know what damage zero exercise has caused you. This way, you will know exactly what to do. Otherwise, start moving around. Use the staircase instead of the elevator. Instead of using your car, use a bicycle or walk to the local grocery store or the local mall. You can jog every day. If you live nearby your office, instead of using transport, maybe you can simply walk to and fro. You can also start doing some household chores such as washing dishes or washing clothes or dusting. Many people have reduced the work of their maids so that they can do the work instead. Keeping a pet can also help. When you have a dog, you need to take it for a walk every day. It may also require you to play with it in the local park. You can also play with your kids outside. Join some swimming classes if you like water. There are many ways you can increase your physical activity.
Can zero exercise affect my lifestyle even if I don’t get any disease?
Frankly, eventually, getting a series of diseases is a natural outcome of living a sedentary lifestyle. Anyway, even if right now you don’t have any health related problems, there may be many lifestyle-related problems of zero exercise. You find it difficult to walk and very easily get breathless. Hence, you cannot accompany your kids to the market or play with them. It becomes difficult to do household tasks for you because your body has gotten used to not moving. Zero exercise also leads to depression. It also leads to obesity. Movement can become difficult. You may also want to remain inside because you may feel bad about gaining weight. You can’t sit on the floor. It becomes difficult to use public transport. Climbing stairs can turn into a nightmare. There are many lifestyle-related problems you may face due to zero exercise.