We live in such high paced world that slowing down has become a fantasy rather than a necessity.
The continuous stress of a high demanding job and workload, providing for a family, achieving and fulfilling personal goals is taking its toll on our bodies.
The continuous stimulation by stressors makes our body feel constantly under attack and fight and flight reaction stays turned on.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
• Digestive problems
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration impairment
Importantly chronic diseases like obesity are among the most common and costly of all health problems, and adopting healthy lifestyles can help prevent them. It is well established that obesity is a major source of a number of other diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, and osteoarthritis.
(Ref. M Alqarni SS (2016) A Review of Prevalence of Obesity in Saudi Arabia. J Obes Eat Disord 2:2. doi: 10.21767/2471-8203.100025)
Saudi Arabia, which has become increasingly westernized over the past few decades, now has one of the highest prevalence rates of overweight and obesity, even in children (Ref. Rev Environ Health. 2015;30(3):191-205)
Chronic diseases such as depression and hypertension secondary to poor life style can lead to a decline in the overall health. This also has a negative impact in the workplace, contribute to an increase in health-related expenses for employers and employees, and lead to lower productivity and/or days of work missed.
I am not claiming that by acquiring a healthy and fit life style we are going to eradicate diseases such as childhood malignancies or congenital abnormalities…
We are talking about the chronic debilitating diseases (e.g Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity…etc.) that cost the individuals their health and constitute approximately 70% of the budget of major health care systems.
With the amount of explosive knowledge that we have access to now, every individual should take the responsibility of his/her own health and proactively take the initiative to improve their life.
Though the access to information is global, it’s not always possible to apply the same strategies or tactics all over the world.
Fitness-Arabika strives to bridge this gap and we aim to present relevant tips and suggestions that can be implemented where ever you live in general with some specific recommendations to this region.