Keeping a healthy weight doesn’t make up for a sedentary lifestyle, and if you sit still too much, it could hurt your heart.
Most people know that maintaining a healthy weight is a key ingredient for lowering our risk for heart disease, but new research suggests heart-healthy habits can’t be measured in weight alone.
Researchers studied adults between the ages of 40 and 79 who had body mass indexes that ranged from normal to overweight. They found those who had a healthy BMI but were sedentary, and had larger waistlines, had heightened risk for heart-related events, similar to their overweight counterparts.
It’s important to understand the day-to-day impact of lifestyle habits in addition to the number on the scale.
Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dr. Erik Van Iterson, says, “you can think about stealing exercise when you can throughout your day,” he said. “If you were to work a basic 8-hour day, and you were to walk around for five minutes each hour, you would essentially accumulate close to 40-50 minutes of walking exercise without actually having to block out that time.”
He suggests taking small and progressive steps to accompany many things together, like proper diet, exercise, and less time being sedentary.