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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!

Recent News

A quick 11-minute workout can help you live longer

Metro - 07-Jan-2021

Moderate exercise for 11-35 minutes counteracts long hours of sitting & improves the lifespan


Exercise recommendations by WHO to avoid early death

YAHOO! - 25-Nov-2020

Exercise is the key to fight early death in people who sit for prolonged hours


Spend some more time on your feet to live longer

Science Daily - 13-Oct-2020

Light physical activity, including just standing, lowers risk for mortality

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