Reducing sedentary lifestyles
The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established. However, there has also been a growing interest in the role that sedentary behaviour may play in health and wellbeing.
Sedentary behaviour is not defined simply as a lack of physical activity but is a separate behaviour in its own right. It is possible for individuals to participate in the recommended amount of physical activity and also engage in high levels of sedentary behaviour.
Therefore, guidelines recommend that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting even if they would define themselves as active by the Chief Medical Officer guidelines. This has large implications for how people work, travel and spend their free time. We need to collectively make it easier for people to reduce their time spent sedentary.