If you work in an office, the chances are that you send most of your working days sitting. While there may be some ergonomic issues that come into play with sedentary jobs, some researchers have recently reported that these types of jobs may also increase workers’ risk of heart failure.
In fact, according to researchers from Kaiser Permanente, people who are primarily sedentary at work and who have low levels of physical activity in their lifestyle in general have more than a doubled risk of experiencing heart failure (when compared to workers who lead less sedentary lives outside of work).
These results were the conclusion of a 10-year study that involved tracking the work habits, lifestyles and health of more than 82,000 workers in California, and the specifics of the study have been published in detail in the Circulation: Heart Failure journal.
Move Around When You Can, Urge Researchers
The bottom line of this study is that American workers – especially those with office jobs and sedentary lifestyles outside of the office – should make an effort to move around and exercise when they can. As researchers explain, people should look for opportunities to stand rather than sit, to take the stairs instead of the elevator and to generally try to move around more when they have the opportunity to do so.
Researchers also urge office workers to make some other lifestyle chances, like changes to their diet, for example, if they have other risk factors for heart disease and cardiovascular failure that may increase their health risks. Some of these specific risk factors include (but are not limited to):
- High blood pressure
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