Nothing Beats a Healthy Heart!

by Admin February 23, 2016

Congratulations ASI! We have been recognized as a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite on behalf of the American Heart Association.

Here are some tips for the New Year to continue to keep a healthy heart:

1) Quit Smoking

Cigarette smoking not only affects your lungs but it also greatly increases the risk of coronary heart disease. When combined with unhealthy habits, such as poor diet and lack of exercise, it compounds the risk even more by increasing your blood pressure and giving tendency for blood to clot. You can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 50 percent after only one year, only if you quit today.

 

2) Consider a Healthier Diet

Another way to prevent heart disease is by monitoring your diet. Saturated and Trans fats increase blood cholesterol and heart attack rates. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds, fish, leafy greens, red meat and avocados) lower the risk of heart attacks. Many overweight and obese people have diets high in unhealthy saturated fat (found in fatty beef, pork, cream, butter and cheese). This gives them a greater chance of developing strokes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

Sodium is another culprit in heart disease development. According to preliminary research presented at an American Heart Association meeting, excessive salt consumption was contributed to 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010; 42 percent from coronary heart disease and 41 percent from stroke.

ASI encourages you to take the pledge and reduce your sodium intake:

By taking the pledge, you will receive resources and tips from the American Heart Association via email to help you on the sodium reduction journey. 

3) Get Active

The best way to maintain a healthy heart is by staying active. On a daily basis many of us spend 8 hours a day sitting at a desk – on top of that, we also sit down during our commutes and then spend the rest of the evening sitting on a couch in front of the TV. If you take 30 minutes out of your day to do cardiovascular exercises, you can greatly decrease the risk of heart disease. Understandably, many of us cannot find time in our day to exercise due to other responsibilities, so we have compiled a list of deskercises that you can do at your desk (greatist.com):

1.     The Cubicle Wanderer

Walking during work is totally underrated. Take a stroll down the hall to catch up with coworkers or welcome a new employee. Or, instead of dialing extensions and sending lazy emails to the manager two doors down, put in some face time. Just beware of tempting candy jars when making the rounds.

2.      The Wall (Street) Sit

Wall sits are great for building strength and endurance. Standing with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 seconds (or up to 12 hours, the world record!), while browsing the Wall Street Journal (or Buzzfeed). For some extra burn, try crossing the right ankle over the left knee, hold for 15 seconds, then switch!

3.      The Office Genie

Want to add a little magic to the workday? Raise the legs into a crisscross applesauce position while seated in a chair. With your hands on the armrests, push upwards to raise the body off the seat and remain floating for 10-20 seconds. After granting a few wishes, release back down to the chair, rest for a minute, and repeat. Craving more magic? Try this balancing act while in a chair that spins.

4.      The Shoulder Shrug

Not recommended for board meetings (unless you’re really on the fence). Simply raise both shoulders up toward the ears, hold for 5 seconds, and then relax. Repeat for 15 reps. Feeling unstoppable? Try advanced shoulder shrugs while standing and holding a paper ream in each hand.

5.      The Desk Chair Swivel

Lucky enough to have a fun swivel chair? Use its twirl to your advantage with this oblique abs fix. Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swish back and forth for 15 rounds.

For more information check out:

http://www.ywcaboston.org/blog/bid/78480/Heart-disease-in-women-5-ways-to-protect-your-heart

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WorkplaceHealth/Workplace-Health-Solutions_UCM_460416_SubHomePage.jsp

http://greatist.com/fitness/deskercise-33-ways-exercise-work

 

About ASI:

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