New evidence-based report on sedentary behaviour
Our bodies are made for an active lifestyle -
avoid sitting for long periods of time.
Sedentary behaviour is not defined simply as a lack of physical
activity but is a separate behaviour in its own
right, associated with chronic diseases such as heart
disease. Even individuals who meet recommended
levels of physical activity may be at risk to the adverse
effects of sedentary behaviour by spending most of the day
are made for an active lifestyle but today the
majority of Britons spend a large proportion of their day sitting.
Men and women in all age groups, even children, can be classified
as too sedentary if spending most of the day sitting.
Watching TV and movies, using a
computer, sitting for transport
and sitting chatting with
friends are examples of sedentary behaviour.
This new British Heart Foundation National
Centre (BHFNC) Evidence Briefing provides an overview
of the evidence relating to sedentary behaviour and public
health. It defines sedentary behaviour and
summarises the risks and current levels as well as
the implications for policy and practice. It also reviews
the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to
reduce sedentary behaviour.
Sedentary behaviour report
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Order the resources free of charge online.
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