IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: More research from the American Heart Association demonstrates that sitting for lengthy periods of time during your day will increase your risk of heart disease.
MAKING CHANGES: The research is solid, but making changes can be difficult. Here are 3 things you can do each day that will help reduce your risk of heart disease from inactivity.
FACT OR FICTION: Do you have a television in your home, or do you watch on your computer? Here are several facts you might know about that little television set.
In The News
Even if you exercise for an hour every day, if you sit for 8 hours during the day at work you have completely eliminated the benefits you received from the workout that morning. Research from the American Heart Association now demonstrates that being sedentary is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D. and director of behavioral research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California was quoted in Science Daily, saying:
"Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels.”
Sedentary behavior will also increase your risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Although the American Heart Association continues to recommend 150 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, they also find it doesn’t cancel out the impact of sedentary behavior.
Daily Health Tip
Exercising each day is important, but so is not remaining sedentary all day. Here are three simple and easy strategies you can incorporate into your day that will help reduce your risk of heart disease.
1. When you are sitting at work, make a commitment to get up every 20 minutes. Even if it is to stand at your desk for 30 seconds and stretch.
2. Every hour, get up and walk for five minutes. You may go to the water cooler, to the kitchen, talk to your boss or walk to the next office to ask a question instead of using the phone or email.
3. When you get home, stay on your feet as much as possible. If you are used to sitting and watching television in the evening, try walking after dinner. Get a treadmill and walk in front of the television in the evening.
The objective is to stay on your feet as much as possible - and moving. Talk with your boss about using a standing desk that changes height so you can stand and sit throughout the day. You’ll find you are more productive, more creative and have less health problems.
Today, I choose to set imaginary deadlines for myself when I have important things to do. My approach to productivity is to tie myself to a reasonable timeframe for completion. My strategy greatly contributes to my efficiency.
Fact or Fiction?
Most of us have at least one television in the house, and even if you don’t have a “normal” tv and cable in your home, you likely have a computer attached to the Internet where you watch videos. Today, researchers have found that kids six and under spend more time in front of the TV or computer as they do outside. While researchers have demonstrated that eating together as a family builds better bonds, 40 percent of Americans usually or often eat in front of the television. Time to put the clicker away and develop strong relationships with the people in your home.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team