Americans sit a lot. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to spend half of their waking hours sitting. Whether you sit at the office, in the car, at the computer or in front of the TV, if you’re seated for too many hours, you are increasing your risks for heart disease. Whether you currently exercise regularly, or don’t exercise at all, here are some tips you can use to break up your sitting time.
- Take breaks. Take a break every 20 minutes or so to get up and stretch or move your body in some way. For example, when you want to talk to one of your colleagues in the office, don’t just send them an email, get up, walk over and talk to them.
- Take a lunchtime walk. There is growing evidence that walking is excellent in the prevention of heart attack, the treatment of hypertension, obesity and musculoskeletal disorders.
- Use the stairs. Instead of taking the elevator at your office, take the stairs. This will give you an opportunity to increase your heart rate and get some aerobic exercise.
- Do a few laps. Before you get in your car to sit again for your commute home, take a few walking laps around the parking lot or neighborhood.