Sit less, move more for your heart

Americans sit an average of 10 hours each day.

Let that sink in.

Extended sitting, whether it be at a desk, behind the wheel or in front of a screen can put serious strain on your heart. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with higher risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other heart-related problems.

Take a look at your work day or even your typical day off. If you can’t remember when you got up from the chair or couch, then it’s time to get moving.

The best thing you can do to counteract the harms of sitting is to get up every so often and move around. Taking breaks from sitting every 30 minutes and standing rather than sitting when you have the chance can make a huge difference.

Talk with your health care provider about what types and amounts of physical activity are right for you.

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