The American Heart Association spends every day teaching others about risk factors for heart disease, warning signs of an unhealthy heart, and lifestyle changes to keep your heart strong. These lessons go into overdrive during February’s Heart Health Month. Those “Go Red” promotions have had a huge impact drawing attention to a number one killer of women – heart disease.
The American Heart Association is very focused on prevention tactics to reduce the risks leading to heart disease. The positive steps one could take to reduce those risks are plentiful. Did you know stress can be a major player in keeping your heart healthy? Another major contributor to heart health problems is inactivity.
The American Heart Association itself has reported on the rise of the sedentary worker:
Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950; Physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforce. That is 50% less than 1950.
That’s a whole lot of people sitting for a whole lot of time. The risks of all that time in the chair are well proven. In one study, women who sat the most were three times more likely to die from heart disease than those who sat the least. That finding was true regardless of the fitness level of women.
Sorry, guys, you’re at risk too. Research shows that men who sit more than 23 hours per week have a 64% higher chance of dying from heart disease than men who sit less than 11 hours per week.
With the rise of sedentary work day and the increase incidences of heart disease, active working solutions are a key to keeping healthy. Rebel Desk is proud to offer products that make a difference in people’s lives by giving them a chance to be more active during the day. On a treadmill desk, many folks find it easy to put in 3 to 4 miles per day. Research shows that walking the equivalent of 10 blocks a day can decrease the risk of developing heart disease by 33%.
Treadmill desks also allow for daily stress relief, increased calorie burn, and making it easy to reach that 10,000 steps/day goal. Plus when you can’t make it to the gym, you still feel great for having gotten in some exercise.
So make February the month that you evaluate your heart health and take the steps necessary to keep it healthy. Eating right and sitting less are a great place to start. It is possible to reduce those risks! What will you do to lower yours?