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Sedentary Behaviour

Sedentary behaviour - derived from the Latin term ‘sedere’ meaning to sit, is defined as “Any waking sitting or lying behaviour with low energy expenditure”. Sedentary behaviour is at an all time high during the COVID-19 lockdown, which is expected yet not advised!

Examples of sedentary behaviour include television viewing, computer use, screen time and sitting time - the less active you are the worse you’ll feel. Thanks to the new lockdown phase, you can now ‘exercise’ out of your home for as long as you feel necessary - take advantage of this! A worrying statistic is that 60% of an adult’s day is spent sedentary - you can find more information on this by reading a paper published on the topic by Matthews (2008). Sedentary behaviour can also increase risk of Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Mortality.

The guidelines are simple: For adults, minimise the amount of time spent sitting for extended periods. For children and young adults (5-17), limit recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours a day. Also try to limit sedentary (motorised) transport, extended sitting time, and time spent indoors throughout the day when possible.

Here’s just a few of the benefits you’ll start to see:

  • Weight control

  • Reduced risk of disease

  • Improvements in mental health and mood

Uni-trition Top Tip: If you’re struggling with motivation to get out and get going, start with walking. Explore new places and make a day of getting your exercise in; this may include planning trips with your household and making it fun! Once you’re in a routine, you won’t want to stop - trust us!


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