Many of us clock in upwards of 40 hours of work each week. That’s a significant amount of time, especially if you spend most of it sitting at conference tables, at lunch tables, or at your desk, hunched over the keyboard with furrowed brows and stiff shoulders. And you’re probably sitting in the car, train, or bus on your way to and from work—and you can’t wait get home at the end of the day so you can sit down and put your feet up!
Do your heart a favor and get moving
All of that “sitting around” can—and probably is—taking a toll on your health if you’re not getting the enough physical activity. Consider these recommendations from the American Heart Association link opens in a new window:
Once you’ve achieved your daily exercise goal, go ahead and sit down and put your feet up! Not only will you feel invigorated, you’ll be happy to know you’ve done something really healthy for your body.
Why exercise is a must-do for heart health
Let’s take a look at the impact of physical activity on our cardiovascular system.
Like all muscles, the heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise, so it can:
Plus, exercise has a number of effects that benefit the heart and circulation, including:
Sneak in some exercise
Remember that roughly 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days per week? You will experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.2 You can tackle at least a couple of those during the workday, right? Sure you can!
Here are some ideas to make it happen:
While you work…
Try incorporating one or two of these ideas this week.
“Think outside” of the car, train, or bus.
Sure, you can spend lunchtime and break times sitting at your desk, but why not change your shoes, get a change of scenery, and get your blood pumping a little?
You can even take your healthy habits on the road.
Want more heart-healthy ideas for the office? Don’t miss The Heart-Healthy Office: Eating Your Way to Wellness and The Heart-Healthy Office: De-Stress Your Way to Wellness.
1 American Heart Association.link opens in a new window
2 http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/specialtopic/physical-activity/exercise's-effects-on-the-heart.html.link opens in a new window
3 http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/mind/Workplace-Wellness/Pages/Practice-10-Healthy-Work-Habits.aspx.link opens in a new window