A sedentary lifestyle is one with no or irregular physical activity and an excessive amount of daily sitting.
In addition to the recommended levels of physical activity, people also need to reduce sedentary behaviours. Being sedentary means sitting or lying down for extended periods when awake.
Sedentary behaviours include:
People are more sedentary now than in the past due to changes to our general lifestyle. For example, fewer people have manual jobs, more people own cars and drive, and technology has affected almost everything from housework to leisure.
People's risk of developing some health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, increases if they have a sedentary lifestyle. Recent research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle can be harmful even if a person meets the recommended levels of physical activity. Below are some of the most typical health risks from leading a sedentary lifestyle:
Changing sedentary behaviours means altering many, often small, aspects of people's daily lives.