We all know you can hurt yourself when you’re active – you can dislocate a shoulder when swinging a golf club or pull a muscle when kicking a soccer ball. But did you know you can also hurt yourself by being too inactive?
It’s true! It’s called Disuse Syndrome.
It has received a lot of attention as it relates to back pain problems, chronic pain disorders and other illnesses. Some scientists believe it is related to “the base of much human ill-being.”
Spine Health says:
This disuse of our bodies leads to a deterioration of many body functions. This is basically an extension of the old adage “Use it or lose it.”
There are several physical consequences from disuse. These occur in many body systems, most notably those of the muscles and skeleton, cardiovascular, blood components, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine systems, and the nervous system.
These are just some of the things can happen to your body when it doesn’t have the opportunity to be active:
Muscles, Joints, Bones
After only a short time of inactivity, the muscles shrivel and stiffen. The medical term for this is muscle atrophy.
The efficiency of the heart decreases with inactivity because the heart is a muscle similar to any other muscle in the body.
A lack of exercise promptly leads to a reduced response to hormones.
Prolonged bed rest and lack of physical activity can slow down the gastrointestinal tract, alter digestion, alter the utilization of nutrients, alter protein metabolism, and disturb appetite.