How long have you been sitting today? Maybe you sit to eat breakfast, at your work desk, in the classroom, in the car, on the train, and in front of the TV in the evenings. It all adds up.
We now know that sitting time is a health risk for children and adults, with both long and short term impacts. To reduce your risk of health problems, you need to be aware of how much you sit and try to move more throughout the day.
Sitting less is important no matter how active you are. Even if you’re getting enough exercise in your day, you still might be sitting too much.
While there aren’t recommendations yet on how much sitting is too much, we support Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines which say that adults should:
More and more research is showing that it’s not good for your health to be sitting or lying down for long periods during waking hours. Researchers call this ‘sedentary behaviour’.
There’s evidence that shows adults who sit less throughout the day have a lower risk of early death, particularly from heart disease. Sedentary behaviour is associated with increased risk of being overweight, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Evidence also suggests that even if you meet guidelines for how much physical activity to do, this may not help reduce the risks of sitting too much. Health benefits are greatest for people who sit less, AND move more.
It only takes small changes to your routine to cut down how much time you spend sitting each day.
Find more tips for sitting less at work on our Active workplaces page.
Read more tips on our Active families page.
Knowing your body mass index (BMI) is one of the best ways to establish whether or not you're in a healthy weight range.
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Walking can be your regular physical activity that is enjoyable and easy, especially if you are not used to being active. You can join one of our free walking groups or track your progress online.
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