5 tips for you, your family and coworkers to move more and sit less

If you’re sitting down reading this, please stand up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15% of adults are physically inactive and the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is urging adults to reduce their sedentary time — in short, to sit less and move more.

Starting a journey to be more active can boost your personal health and well-being, and inspire others to do the same, according to the Association.

“Adding physical activity into your routine can be simple and does not need to be overwhelming. There are many small, achievable ways to be active throughout the day,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Whether you have been totally inactive and are just beginning to exercise, or if you’re already active, more movement and less sedentary time will add up in a positive way for your overall health.”

Most adults spend an average of six to eight hours a day being sedentary, which includes driving, sitting, TV viewing and computer use. Experts say those who struggle to carve out time for physical activity should use any opportunity to sneak in physical activity throughout the day. Focusing on moving more and sitting less can help. There’s benefit to any physical activity, regardless of the length of the activity.

For adults, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity such as brisk walking, yoga or gardening or 75 minutes of vigorous activity such as running, jumping rope or swimming laps, or a combination of those activities. In addition, the Association recommends two days per week of moderate-to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity, such as resistance training or lifting weights.

April, known as American Heart Association’s Move More Month, is a great opportunity to examine personal habits and increase daily activity. Here are some ideas to move more throughout the day:

  1. Set a timer. Avoid being sedentary for too long and set a reminder to move around for five minutes every hour or 10 minutes every two hours.
  2. Be creative at home. Find more ways to get up and off the couch by taking a walk or doing a few push-ups between episodes of a TV show. Active chores like vacuuming and cleaning up after dinner count too.
  3. Don’t wait. Make it a habit to work out right after work or school. Check out these videos that you can do from home!
  4. Find forms of exercise you like. Experiment with workouts that fit your personality and schedule. You’ll be more likely to stick with it.
  5. Move more while workingMake it a habit to stand every time you make or answer a phone call or add stretch breaks between tasks.

Looking for ways to celebrate Move More Month? Download our toolkit to keep physical activity top of mind all month long!

01-Letter – 2020 AHA National MOVE MORE Month

02-ToC AHA National MM Month Toolkit

03-Take Action, 2020 AHA Natl MM Month

04-AHA NMMMonth Social Media Messages

05-Infographic, Impact of CVD on Employers

06-HFG MMM Resource Guide 2020

07-MMM Flier 8.5×11 FIN 021720

08-MMM Weekly Challenges_3.30.20

09-HFG Adults Physical Activity Infograph

10-HFG Kids Physical Activity Infographic

11-Kids, 25 Ways to Get Moving at Home

12 10-Minute Workout Anywhere 4.1.20

13-At Home Circuit Workout infogr2020

14-Get Into Working Out.pdf

15-Dress for Workout Success Infographic

16-Keep Your Feet Happy.pdf

17-Make Every Move Count PDF

18-Warm Up To Cool Weather Workouts.pdf

19-Keep It Cool, Warm Weather Workouts

20-Overview of Online SUPPORT Network

21-Overview, HealthyWorkFoodBevToolkit

22-Overview, CheckChangeControl BP Program

Visit www.heart.org/movemoremonth for more tips and resources.

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