As we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic, we know it’s important for us to stay home and remain socially distanced from others in order to keep each other safe. But did you know that just sitting too much may have a negative effect on your heart health? According to study results published in the New York Times, sitting for at least 10 hours a day may be linked to high troponin levels, which may have a negative effect on your cardiac health. And with so many of us working from home for the last year, now it’s more important than ever to make an effort to stay active.
So what can you do to stay heart-healthy, even if your job requires you to be at a desk, or your dining room table, all day?
- Walk during your lunch break – getting away from your desk in the middle of the day for a walk will not only elevate your heart rate, but it will also probably elevate your mood as well.
- Take the stairs – walking up even one or two flights of stairs a day can make a difference in your cardiovascular health over time.
- Stand at your desk – try getting a desk that converts from sitting to standing or simply stand while you are on the phone – over the course of the day, you’ll significantly decrease your time spent sitting.
- Change your commute – if you are still working outside the house, consider walking, running, or biking to work, even a few times a week, to increase your active time and for a nice change of scenery.
Don’t forget to wear your mask and maintain six feet of distance from others if you do leave the house during the workday or any other time.
There are lots of great ways to integrate simple, healthy choices into your workday. The team at Capital Benefit Services is here to help you and your employees access the best healthcare at the best possible price. Give our team a call at 425-641-8093.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting an exercise program or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.