Research continues to show the dangers of a nonactive lifestyle. Too much driving and screen time increases your risk of a heart attack. Some of the damage may be undone if you do light or moderate physical activity at work, but what if you are a professional desk jockey?
You may not always have time for a heart-pounding workout, but researchers say that any level of activity can reduce your risk of a heart attack. Here are some easy ways to squeeze more exercise into your schedule.
Shun the elevator: Next time you are headed to a meeting or to the cafeteria, take the stairs. If you work on the 20th floor, take the elevator part-way and walk the rest.
Walk while on conference calls: Why sit in your office rolling your eyes when you can be outside stretching your legs? Find a relatively quiet place to walk, and call in from your cell phone. Use a headset with an easy mute button to avoid picking up the screaming vendors.
Get off the subway or bus: Ditch your commuting method one stop early and walk the rest of the way. During rush hour, you might even find that you get to your office faster that way.
Get a new best friend: A study last year found that dog owners are 34% more likely to get enough exercise. In fact, they exercised more overall, in addition to the minutes spent walking their best friends.
Watch television on the move: Ride a stationary bike or do exercises instead of sitting on the couch.