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Sedentary Behaviour

Sedentary behaviour accounts for on average five and a half hours per waking day in adults and is rising nationally. Hours spent sedentary increase by approximately half an hour every five years over the age of 65 (British Heart Foundation, 2015).

More than one burst of exercise per day (e.g. morning and afternoon) is more effective than a single long one.

An old adage (not fully supported by research) says "10 days of bed rest in hospital is the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing" - and there's not that much difference between an extreme couch potato and being bedridden. Some studies have shown that a total lack of activity results in a 10% reduction in muscle mass in a week. It's that quick - so keep moving!

Average daily steps taken in the UK is a mere 1,500 *source TBC

Sedentary Behaviour Blog Posts

Sofa exercises mean you don't have to be sedentary while watching TV

Sofa exercises mean you don't have to be sedentary while watching TV

Example exercises that can keep you moving without leaving your living room

Recent News

Study says you exert more energy when chewing hard to process foods like nuts

University of Manchester - 20-Aug-2022

The energetic expenditure is higher when we chew stiffer (sugar-free)gum compared to the softer one


Excessive TV time linked to poor heart health irrespective of genetic risk

The Guardian - 24-May-2022

Reducing TV time is linked to avoidance of coronary heart diseases


New biological ageing clock based on movement data from a wearable device (LEAF) - 14-Sep-2021

Tracks biological age from physical activity without requiring a blood test


3 minutes of exercise every hour extends life by 30%

BBC - 19-May-2021

Physical activity cocktails can benefit people who spend long sitting hours


Health benefits from light physical activity and moderate to vigorous activity

Science Daily - 19-May-2021

Good news: Multiple ways to achieve the same health benefits from exercise

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