Get Out of Your Chair for a Healthier Heart
While many people have recognized the link between smoking and heart disease, they may be engaging in an activity just as deadly.
“Sitting is the new smoking,” said Kayla Kranenberg, CSRA executive director of the American Heart Association.
Mayo Clinic reports that sitting for long periods of time, either at work or on the couch in front of the TV, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 125 percent.
To combat that at work, Kranenberg suggested heart healthy breaks for a bit of walking. But it doesn’t mean those breaks can’t be productive times.
She said at the AHA they have meetings on the go.
“We started bringing our tennis shoes and when we have a meeting, we do it while taking a walk,” she said.