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!
Sedentary Behaviour Blog Posts
New biological ageing clock based on movement data from a wearable device
Lifespan.io (LEAF) - 14-Sep-2021
Tracks biological age from physical activity without requiring a blood testRead more...
3 minutes of exercise every hour extends life by 30%
BBC - 19-May-2021
Physical activity cocktails can benefit people who spend long sitting hoursRead more...
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 exerciseRead more...
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 lifespanRead more...
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 hoursRead more...