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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 News

Sitting at work all day can shorten your lifespan, even if you're healthy otherwise

Live Forever Club - 28-Jan-2024

Regular exercise in your free time is the ultimate weapon against early death

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Moving around, even for a few minutes, is healthier for your heart than sitting

Independent - 10-Nov-2023

Try to replace some of your sitting time with standing or walking

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Reverse the negative effects of sitting with 22 minutes of moderate exercise

Sky News - 25-Oct-2023

A daily 22-minute dose of brisk exercise can offset the health risks

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Very short bouts of vigorous activity everyday, reduces the risk of cancer and heart diseases

The University of Sydney - 09-Dec-2022

Stepping up the pace while walking or doing the housework with a bit more energy may prolong life

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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

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Sedentary Behaviour Blog Posts

Sofa exercises mean you don't have to be sedentary while watching TV
15-Feb-2017

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