What is Inactivity

I know exercise is good for me. I know it’s important for my health and happiness and that it’s necessary for general fitness. That part’s easy — we hear about how we should exercise more all the time. But what about being inactive?

What I didn’t realize was how being inactive is really detrimental to the brain and body. I didn’t understand all of the specific ways regular activity can be beneficial, either.

With a little digging around, I found some research that made me realize there’s much more to inactivity than just exercising or trying to get fit.

So what is Physical Inactivity?

What is Physical Inactivity?


Is a term used to identify people who do not get the recommended level of regular physical activity?  Or it’s defined as sedentary or physically inactive is expending less than 1 hour in leisure physical inactivity. This is equivalent of walking little over two kilometers or 1.3 miles or approximately 3000 steps. Millions of kids, Teens and Adults are joining the couch potatoes of the country and living sedentary lifestyles. Fewer teens are playing or participating in outdoor activities, fewer teens are signing up for sports. In the last 12 months there has been a slight increase in the amount of inactive American, according to the PA Council recently released 2015 participation report.



  • Inactivity has had repercussions on American Kids
  • Teenagers spend more than 7 and ½ hours in front of a screen, such as T.V. using video games, cell phones, computers, iPad, and even in the car…. Parents too!!!
  • It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle. People are less active due to technology and better mass transportation
  • When teenagers aren’t provided the opportunity to learn and practice a wide variety of physical skills at a young age physical development can become impaired
  • Extra Weight cost you physically and financially
  • CDC survey and found 43.7 percent of the boys and 52 percent of the girls were not even enrolled in a physical education class
  • The time most children ages 6-17 historically would send climbing trees, playing games or in PE class is now occupied by readily available inactive pursuits such as video games and other forms of technology

  What is an inactive lifestyle?

When we talk about being inactive, we talk about people who spend the bulk of their awake time sitting or lying on a couch or chair in front of a television or computer, moving only occasionally to get something to eat or drink.

But a inactive lifestyle also include those people who drive for a living- long distance truck drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, etc. It also includes those who sit behind a desk all day long. Spending most of the day in a sitting position and moving less often is a big part of the problem. If our bodies are not moving, we are not using our muscles. When they say, “use it or lose it”, that includes muscle activity. People who don’t us their bodies for long periods of tine find it harder and harder to move around as time goes by.

The evolution of technology has reached a point where pretty much anything is available at the touch of a button. Shopping, learning, working and entertainment can all be accessed from the comfort of our own homes, on a train or sat in a cafe. But it’s coming at a price; and a relatively crucial one at that. Health. And as technology changes the way we live, those who will suffer most will be our children.

A CDC study found that only 43.7% of boys and 52% of girls did not achieve the recommended hour of physical activity each day, with girls proving to be far less active than boys. A second study revealed that the average American child gets their first mobile phone around age 12, but nearly one in 10 has one by the age of five. Yes, five. It begs the question; do these two issues come hand in hand? As children are given mobile devices for communicating, playing games and watching TV programs at an earlier and earlier age, is the result that they become less active?

Although, they are just the tip of a very large iceberg. For instance, in the US, only 29% of high school students had participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on each of the seven days before the survey.

Statistics such as these warrant attention and action. It’s during childhood when habits are ingrained and the freedom exists for active play and movement. The worry is, participation in physical activity usually declines as young people get older. If inactivity figures are currently as high as these in children, what hope do they have as adults?

Around 31% of adults worldwide aged 15 and over were insufficiently active; again, women more so than men (34% versus 28%) The world is slowing down, but as a result, the number of people who develop long-term conditions is increasing, as are carbon emissions that accompany a sedentary lifestyle. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity. The only way we can start to bring this number down substantially is to focus on education and active encouragement in children. They are our future and targeted efforts need to be focused far more here.

Millions of kids, teens, and adults are joining the couch potatoes of the country and living sedentary lifestyles. Fewer kids are playing outdoors, fewer teens are signing up for team sports, and fewer adults are keeping up with their daily fitness regimens. In the last 12 months, there has been a slight increase in the amount of inactive Americans, according to the Physical Activity Council’s recently released 2017 Participation Report.

“The high rate of inactivity is fundamentally alarming,” said Tom Cove, PAC Chairman and the president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), according to the NY Daily News. “While we can look at this number in a negative light, I would like to use it as a wake-up call to not only our industry but the rest of society.”

Facts About Inactive Lifestyles:

  • Lack of physical activity can add to feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Studies show that physically active people are less likely to develop coronary heart disease than those who are inactive. This is even after researchers accounted for smoking, alcohol use, and diet.
  • Physical inactivity may increase the risk of certain cancers.
  • Physically active overweight or obese people significantly reduced their risk for disease with regular physical activity.
  • Inactivity tends to increase with age.
  • Thousands and thousands of deaths result each year due to a lack of regular physical activity. In addition:
  • Women are more likely to lead inactive lifestyles than men.