Sedentary lifestyle

Being sedentary means sitting or lying down for long periods during waking hours [26979]. Sedentary behaviour is associated with poorer health outcomes, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and negative impacts on body composition, fitness, muscle strength, mental health and wellbeing, academic performance and social behaviour. Sedentary time can be reduced by:

  • minimising the amount of time spent each day sitting
  • limiting the use of electronic media
  • breaking up long periods of time spent sitting.

People can be sedentary at work, at school, at home or during leisure time by:

  • sitting or lying down while watching television or playing electronic games
  • sitting while driving a vehicle, or while travelling
  • sitting or lying down to read, study, write, or work at a desk or computer.

There is a difference between being sedentary and being inactive – being ‘sedentary’ means sitting or lying down for long periods while being ‘inactive’ means not doing enough physical activity (not meeting the physical activity guidelines) [34392].

People can still be considered sedentary even if they do enough physical activity to meet the guidelines, if they spend long periods sitting or lying down at work, at home, at study, for travel or during leisure time.

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