“Men who sit for more than 5 hours a day outside of work develop heart failure at a rate 36 percent higher than those who do not, according to the study, the first of its kind to look at the connection between sedentary time and the risk of heart failure.
Men with low levels of physical activity are 50 percent more likely than those who are active to develop heart failure, a serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular disease affecting 5.7 million Americans. The 10-year Kaiser Permanente study closely followed the behavior of more than 82,000 men ages 45 and older.”
I just saw a report on TV of a company who was supplying their employees with desks that rises up so they can stand and move around more. In this computer age we are sitting more and more staring at a screen. It is part of the reason as a society we are becoming overweight. I sit a long time in front of my PC writing and reading. Now I have a smart phone and stare at that also. I try to get up and move around, hopefully not going to the kitchen for a snack. That defeats the purpose. Although moving around is important.
There are lots of things you can do to move around more. Set your smartphone alarm to go off every hour and just get up and walk a little. Go get a glass of water. Walk to the restroom. If you are at work, walk the long way. When I was working I use to walk the stairs on inclement days. Several people would walk the perimeter indoors in the morning before work started. Walk out doors after lunch. There are a myriad of ways to move. Even if you just stand in your cubicle and march in place a few minutes.
Charlene and I have been doing 6-to-7 miles of indoor walking with Leslie Sansone. We have several DVD’s and change them for variety. As soon as the weather gets better, we will be walking more outdoors. Walking is good for you in so many ways. If you want to get technical, you can get walking apps that measure your distance, calories, and time based on your walk. They even have GPS to follow your trail.
Walk, walk, walk. (That’s Leslie’s favorite saying.)
See more at: http://partnersinhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/march-2014/national/sit-less-move-more-learn-why-nat-mar2014#sthash.bPltGkce.dpuf