If you spend less time in a chair and more time on your feet, just how effective might this be at lowering high blood pressure?
Are you a victim of “the sitting disease”?
Americans as well as many people in other industrialized nations spend entirely too much time on their can.
This problem doesn’t just occur at the workplace desk, but also at home while watching TV, using a computer or using one’s phone.
Sitting during the drive to and from work also contributes to “the sitting disease.”
Meanwhile, many people have high blood pressure and don’t even know it. This includes younger, non-overweight people who feel healthy and spry.
According to the American Heart Association, in a report published in the journal Hypertension, even little bits of increased activity go towards better cardiovascular health.
“Increasing physical activity can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, along with many other health benefits,” states the report.
An increase in physical activity results in an average of a three to four mm Hg reduction in blood pressure. That seems small, but it’s meaningful.
The report also points out that there is no minimum amount of time required for benefiting from physical activity, and states, “Even small initial increases of 5 to 10 minutes a day can yield health benefits.”
This can ben applied to spending less time sitting, which would obviously mean more time on one’s feet, which can then give rise to more time walking about, such as pacing while on the phone or while watching TV.
I’ve had a treadmill desk in my home for many years now. On it is my “secondary” computer.
When I’m sitting at my “primary” computer and find some stories I want to read, I have a choice: continue sitting on my duff to read them, or, email their links to my secondary computer so that I can walk while reading.
And that’s exactly what I do. This gives me something to do while slowly walking on the treadmill desk. Before I know it, 30 minutes have passed while reading interesting stories.
If you can’t afford a treadmill desk, then set a timer to go off 45 minutes after planting your butt in your computer chair. Then just walk around, even if it’s a mindless three-minute walk.
Or stand in place and do high knee marches or some other leg movement. Do some dancing, jumping or trotting forward and backward. Go outside and walk to the end of the street and back.
Home Blood Pressure Checks
There are many makes and models available. Don’t wait for doctor visits to get your blood pressure taken.
You can easily do this yourself with a device that’s very easy to use. Here is how to take your blood pressure with an automated machine.