SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, Aug. 11, 2016
THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sitting at your desk all day can hurt your health, but it's easy to reduce that risk, an expert says.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of low-level exercise every week. That breaks down to 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
"The good news is those 30 minutes can be any fashion of things that you incorporate into your work day," Dr. Daniel Vigil said in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
"The point is to move throughout the day, preferably at least once an hour," he added. Vigil is an associate clinical professor of family medicine and orthopaedic surgery at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
Need motivation to get out of the chair? Remember: Inactivity puts you at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and even death. These tips will help you be more active:
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.