Walking and cycling have become more popular than ever before because of the nice weather and the measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease. And that’s good news for your heart! Find out why below.
We are sitting too much
Many of us have sedentary jobs. Sitting for hours at a time every day is obviously not good for your health. In fact, research shows that sitting for long periods doubles your risk of cardiovascular disease1.
Daily exercise is a must
It makes sense to exercise more throughout the day. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming: go for a walk during your break, swap the lift for the stairs, or use a standing desk. It is essential to interrupt those long periods of sitting.
The icing on the cake: a daily walk or cycle
Exercising enough throughout the day is important, but you can also put in an extra effort in your spare time. Walking or cycling for just half an hour every day lowers your blood pressure. And it improves the condition of your heart and blood vessels. What’s not to like?!
What about arrhythmia?
Getting plenty of exercise is good for your body and mind, even if you have an arrhythmia. In fact, it’s recommended. But it’s important to know exactly what type of arrhythmia you have. It’s best to approach exercise carefully if you have atrial fibrillation. So be sure to talk to your doctor first.
And it’s best to choose a gentle activity that doesn’t raise your heart rate too high. That is why cycling and walking are ideal. Or seek expert guidance so you can really exercise confidently.
If you experience palpitations, dizziness, light-headedness, or chest pain, take things easier and discuss it with your doctor.
Conclusion? Even with an arrythmia, physical exercise is good for you!
Looking for something more challenging than a gentle walk or cycle? Be careful, because endurance sport increases the risk of arrythmia.
- Sedentary behaviour and cardiovascular disease: a review of prospective studies. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4582407/