Sedentary Behaviour – are you sitting too comfortably??

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Sedentary Behaviour – are you sitting too comfortably??

Sedentary Behaviour – are you sitting too comfortably??

It will not come as a surprise if you are reading this article perched in a chair.

What does sedentary behaviour mean?

The phrase comes from the Latin word “sedere” meaning “to sit”.
Sedentary Behaviour research network defines it as:-

1. You must be expending very little energy
2. You must be sitting or lying down
3. You must be awake
This group of behaviors include long periods of sitting or lying down watching TV, working at a desk or surfing the net, playing electronic games, travelling or driving a vehicle. The scenario is all too familiar – driving to work for an 7-8 hour day in front of the computer, then a drive back home followed by relaxing in front of the TV all evening.

Sedentary behaviour does not simply mean a lack of physical activity. Someone who achieves the required level of activity may still adopt this behaviour based on the prolonged periods of sitting and lying down

Why is it so bad for you?

Some of us spend a significant proportion of the time sitting and it is generally recognized that this level of inactivity increases with age.
Emerging evidence consistently show that too much daily sitting is unhealthy. The public health guidelines (DOH2011) recommends that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting.

There are various studies to suggest that there is a link between being inactive for extended period of time and obesity/ overweight, an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Scientists believe that by sitting too much, it affects the way the body deposits the fat from the blood stream into the body. The high level of the fat content in the blood stream increases a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart diseases.
They have suggested that moving more during the day as well, minimising time sitting during the day as well as regular exercises would help to reduce the risk of poorer health outcomes including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How to avoid the life of a couch potato

It is generally accepted that those who are physically active tend to live longer lives. The mantra is all about sit less and move more and making changes to our lifestyle.

Try and incorporate activity into your waking hours. These could include the following tips:
– Get hold of a pedometer and start monitoring your steps.
– Use the stairs or walk up the escalator instead of lifts
– Leave the car at home if possible for short trips, walk instead
– Have regular brief breaks away from your desks, move and stretch
– Get off one stop earlier than your destination on public transport and walk the rest of the way
– Have walk and talk meetings.


Check out your health

Before you start to engage in your physical activities and exercise regime, it is advisable to ensure that you are medically fit to do so. Advice on lifestyle choices and a well-tailored active action plan will also be useful.
Why not call us at ToHealth today and book yourself a health screen on 0203 7355444 or email us on

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