Reduce Your Risk for Heart DiseaseThe latest findings from the American Heart Association® say that it doesn’t matter how active someone is if they also have long periods of daily sitting, such as watching TV or working at a computer. Sitting for a long time is considered bad for you and could lead to heart disease and stroke.
Tips to sweep you off your seat –
- The 60:3 rule: If you sit for 60 minutes, you should get up and move for three minutes.
- Stand up and walk in place while on the phone or move during all commercial breaks.
- Don’t call or email a co-worker. Walk over to their office to talk.
How to get moving if you have a disability
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults with disabilities get at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, if able. If you have physical limitations and are not sure how to start a plan to be more active, ask your doctor or nurse for information. Many activities can be modified to meet your ability.Sources:
•American Heart Association® (2016), “Sedentary Behavior and Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association” (accessed 01/31/2017), available at circ.ahajournals.org.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities” (accessed 01/31/2017), available at cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.