It’s National Heart Month and whatever your age, it’s never too early to look after a healthy heart. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death amongst men and women in the United Kingdom. The disease can happen at any age.
The condition causes around 160,000 deaths each year, which is almost equivalent to a quarter of all deaths experienced annually in the UK.
So what is Cardiovascular Disease? Cardiovascular disease is a term for all diseases associated with the heart and circulation. This includes heart disease, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and atrial fibrillation. All of which can be the result of a sedentary lifestyle. To make matters worse, excessive sedentary behaviour is also associated with obesity, abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure and cancer.
One way to get your heart healthy and happy is to work up a sweat. Studies show that pairing regular exercise with a healthy diet is not only the best way to prevent cardiovascular, but also is a way to reverse risk factors.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends that people in desk jobs should aim for at least 2 hours of standing a day. Thereafter, they should gradually build to four hours of non-sedentary activity.
Even those who exercise regularly still aren’t getting their blood pumping enough to combat heart diseases. This is because they spend up to eight hours sitting at their desk, and even more time behind the wheel and on their sofa daily.
Keeping active while at work is an easy way to keep your heart performing at its optimum level. Standing desks or adjustable height desks are revolutionising the way that you can improve your work productivity and ensure you get those extra hours of exercise that you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A standing desk promotes circulation which is absolutely imperative in terms of maintaining good physical health. Not only does circulation encourage more awareness, but it also promotes working efficiency while fighting off the threat of blood clots which may lead to heart attacks or heart disease. Standing desks also reduce the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and burn up to an additional 50 calories per hour.