1 Thing You Do Every Day that Causes Heart Disease – Can You Guess What It Is?
Whether you were aware of this or not, sitting down is one of the most dangerous activities in the world.
No, this is not a sensationalist article written to strike fear in the hearts of millions.
Instead it’s a public health advisory for anyone who spends more than a few days during the day sitting down.
And what’s even more startling is that even regular exercise might not be able to reverse the damage done by sitting.
Heres what Reuters had to say.
‘Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say.
‘We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,’ said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak… But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life…
Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing.”
This means that if you spend mot of your time in a chair, then you’re at a higher risk of certain kind of health conditions, one of those being cardiovascular disease.
The reason this happens is because when you sit down, the motion of blood flowing through the body is greatly restricted.
This means that the muscles in your heart aren’t activated, and your heart doesn’t operate nearly at the top of its ability… essentially creating a weaker heart.
That’s why exercise to make up for your time sitting doesn’t always work.
Dr. Mercola writes:
‘The key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise, three to five times a week. The answer is to rediscover a lifestyle of constant, natural low-intensity non-exercise movement that uses the gravity vector throughout the day.’
For those who work in a typical office environment this prognosis might seem bleak. After all, how can you manage to do your job if you can’t sit?
Take a look at the following video to get an idea of workouts you can do while remaining seated.
Also consider standing up every 15 minutes, go for a walk if you can, and consider opting for a stand up desk.
And while you’re at it, it always helps to have a heart healthy diet in place.
Half the battle of reducing the damage sitting produces is to make sure your heart is able to work without trouble.
Often times your diet has hidden dangers in it as well.