Move More, Sit Less to Minimize your risk of Cardiovascular Disease
We know that exercise really is medicine. It can have profound effects on both the mind and body. Exercise is an enjoyable way to manage and prevent a myriad of health conditions including but certainly not limited to
- Hearth disease
- Certain cancers
- Mental illness
- Much, much more!
A recent study across Australia and New Zealand was undertaken to further evaluate the relationship between physical activity levels and cardiovascular health. The divided their participants into four activity profiles:
- Busy Exercisers : people who were minimally sedentary and had a high moderate to vigorous activity levels
- Techno-Actives : people who had high moderate to vigourous activity levels but also high sedentary behaviour levels
- Potterers : people who were minimally sedentary and also low moderate-vigorous activity levels
- Couch Potatoes: people who had minimal moderate-vigorous activitiy levels and high sedentarianism
What they found
We can no longer just look at the amount of time you spend active. Half an hour of vigorous exercise daily just isn’t enough to counteract the remaining 23.5 hours spent sitting around, doing nothing. Instead, doctors and physiotherapists alike, should be encouraging movement continuously throughout the day. If your job requires a lot of sitting, remember to take regular walking breaks or invest in a standing desk.
Are you a couch potato?
Do you want to reduce your risk of developing heart disease? If so, the solution is simple- try to minimize the time you spend sitting around.
At ACE Physio, we can develop tailored exercise programs to get you moving and to keep your heart happy and healthy. Contact us for more information!
The association between the activity profile and cardiovascular risk, R. Maddison, Y. Jiang, L. Foley, R. Scragg, A. Direito, T. Olds. The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2016) 19, iii