Sitting less and moving more…

Author Jessicarr Moorehouse

In western society, the necessity to move is diminishing and it is increasingly easy to be more sedentary. No longer is walking required as a means of transport, in most cases school and work life revolves around a desk and communication with friends and family is now possible without leaving the house.

This sedentary behaviour is more than just being physically inactive. It is defined as a group of behaviours  involving sitting or reclined postures conducted during waking hours1. On average, over ten of our total waking hours are spent being sedentaryand this not surprisingly has detrimental effects on health, both physically and mentally.

Evidence in this field was initially based on self-reported duration of sedentary time and did show correlation with increased cardiovascular disease risk factors such as blood pressure, blood glucose and waist circumference. This is now further supported by studies that use more reliable methods such as accelerometer devices2. There is a big movement to identify individual and societal factors that may implicate sedentary behaviour and ways these may be addressed.

References

1 Sedentary Behaviour Research Network. Letter to the editor: standardized use of the terms ‘sedentary’ and ‘sedentary behaviours’. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012; 37: 540–542

2. Ullrich A, Voigt V, Baumann S. A cross-sectional analysis of the associations between leisure-time sedentary behaviors and clustered cardiometabolic risk. BMC Public Health (2018) 18:327

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