Nov 6, 2019
Posted in: health
Most of us spend a good part of our day sitting, whether it be on our commute or working in an office. Inactivity is a significant factor in developing heart disease as well as diabetes.
A study by the American Heart Association found that a lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease, and that exercising can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, reduce blood pressure and help reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke.
So we all know we are at risk, what can we do?
In “Physical activity tips for adults,” Health Canada recommends at least two and a half hours of physical activity per week. That is only about 20 minutes a day. We all have busy lives and many responsibilities, but we can break this into 10-minute spurts to make it easier.
A quick walk, jog or bike ride can fit the bill. Try walking to work or joining an activity class. Did you enjoy a sport when you were younger, see if you can sign up again. Adding a little activity into our lives will reduce our risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
By Janelle Schentag