How to save your heart from too much sitting

The longer you sit working at a desk, watching TV or driving, the higher your risk for a heart attack. But there’s something you can do while you sit that may save your cardiovascular system.

While you sit, move around a bit. Don’t use the remote control for the TV, get up to change channels. Stand up and stretch while you are at work. Fidget. Shift positions. Pace.

A study at the University Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, shows that every moment you sit motionless increases the danger for your heart.

“We also found that when sitting for prolonged periods of time, any movement is good movement, and was also associated with better fitness,” says researcher Jacquelyn Kulinski. “So if you are stuck at your desk for a while, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget.”

The scientists also recommend taking short walks during the day, wearing a pedometer to track how many steps you take each day, climbing stairs instead of using an elevator or escalator, working at a treadmill desk and meeting with people while you walk instead of sitting down.

 

Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.