Take a Stand for your Heart
April 28, 2014 | Categories: Healthy Living
Sitting Disease and Heart Failure
If you are checking out this blog, you probably know that sitting for prolonged periods has a negative impact on your health (if not, just do a quick Google search for “sitting disease”!) Sitting has been implicated as a risk factor for chronic disease, cancer, and even death.
A new study has come out from researchers at Kaiser Permanente linking prolonged sitting to heart failure. The study, led by senior researcher Dr. Deborah Rohm Young, followed more than 82,000 men aged 45+ for 10 years to determine the correlation between activity levels and heart failure.
Dr. Young and her team of researchers found that both high sedentary time and low physical activity were independently correlated with developing heart failure. Want to read the complete study? Check it out HERE.
For those of you without a medical degree, here are the two major takeaways from the study:
1. Those subjects who sat five or more hours a day (outside of work) were 34% more likely to develop heart failure than subjects who spent two hours or less sitting, irrespective of time spent exercising.
2. Those subjects who were the least physically active were 52% more likely to develop heart failure than subjects who were the most active, irrespective of how much time they spent sitting.
Though the research only studied male participants, Dr. Young said that the findings “could probably be generalized to women.”
Another day, another reason to end your love affair with the chair. Try Focal’s new upright way of working. Your heart depends on it!