12th November 2019


What is a sedentary activity?

Sedentary behavior is any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs), while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture. This definition of sedentary behaviour has been published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Keeping this in consideration, what are some examples of sedentary activities?

Examples of sedentary behaviors include watching television, playing video games, using the computer, reading, driving or riding in a car/bus and sitting around talking, eating or drinking.

Is sleeping a sedentary activity?

A child who obtains at least 60 minutes per day of moderate physical activity can still be considered sedentary if they spend a great deal of their time sitting or lying down, eg, playing video games. Examples of seated or reclining behaviours which are not sedentary: • sleeping.

What are the effects of a sedentary lifestyle?

Physical inactivity has been shown to be a risk factor for certain cardiovascular diseases. People who engage in more physical activity are less likely to develop coronary heart disease. People who are more active are less likely to be overweight or obese. Sitting too much may cause a decrease in skeletal muscle mass.
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