Moving more and sitting less can increase your fitness level and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. Sedentary time is when there is little body movement. Research shows sitting for long periods of time can affect a person’s health, even if they are meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines.
Sitting for long periods of time can increases the risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome, which includes the following metabolic risk factors:
Higher blood sugar levels
Higher blood fat levels
larger waist circumference
High blood pressure
Breaking Up Sedentary Behaviour – don’t take this sitting down - ParticipACTION and Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute.
The Canadian Society of Exercise and Physiology (CSEP) have developed sedentary behaviour guidelines with recommendations for the amount of time spent being sedentary to reduce health risks for the age groups below: