Stand More, Strengthen Your Heart
Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the one thing that could have a large and lasting positive effect on your health.
And then you read this study from University of Texas Southwestern and it’s far easier.
What does it say?
The study found that people who sat more were at a higher risk for higher BMI, diabetes, and hypertension. Additionally, each hour of sitting correlated to a 14 percent increase in a middle-aged person’s coronary artery calcium score.
In the end, the study showed that participants who spend more time sitting were at higher risk for calcified arteries and atherosclerosis.
What does it mean for me?
The best way to reduce your risk to those health issues is to sit less and stand more.
Better yet, if you participate in pysical activities while you’re standing, you’re not just reducing your risk but you’re strengthening the arteries in your heart and further reducing your risk of heart disease.
“Physical activity has a multilayered benefit, possibly including anti-inflammatory processes, increasing coronary artery diameter and circulation, improving plaque stability and reducing cardiac disease risk,” says Dr. Maan Fares, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Many people are stuck sitting for long periods of time at work, in the car, and at home. SwingMove is an app of exercises that are quick and easy to do standing, sitting, or lying down. Done regularly, SwingMove reduces the health risks associated with sitting disease, including cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
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