Lancashire Times
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3:00 AM 30th April 2022

Healthy Heart Tip: On Your Feet Britain

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by the Health Promotion and Education Team at Heart Research UK

Thursday 28th of April 2022 was Britain’s ‘On Your Feet’ day. This is a national awareness day to promote the benefits of sitting less and moving more. Cutting down on the amount of time we sit can help to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, becoming overweight or obese and developing diabetes.

Here are a few tips on how to reduce sitting time:

Small changes

Think of one or two small changes you could make to help you to move more throughout the day. For example, try taking regular breaks from your computer, use the stairs more often, or stand during phone calls and presentations. If you work at a desk, you may even consider improving your setup by investing in a standing desk!

Keeping children active

Only 20-23% of children meet the physical activity guidelines of one hour per day so we should try to encourage children to exercise daily. On days off, aim to get outside and play some games in the garden, visit the local park, or go for a family bike ride instead of spending too much time on the couch.

Walk for a healthier heart

Making walking a more important part of our everyday life means taking positive steps towards a healthier heart and body. Walking is free, requires no specialised equipment, can be done by all ages and abilities and fits in any lifestyle. Compete with friends, family and colleagues by logging your steps, miles or walking routes over the week.

Heart Research UK
Proud to stand out from the crowd, Heart Research UK is the charity dedicated to your heart. They inspire and invest in pioneering medical research, ground-breaking training and education, and in communities to improve their heart health for themselves. For over 50 years they have driven advancements in the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease to benefit patients as soon as possible.