Selfcare cause

Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. A person who lives a sedentary lifestyle may colloquially be known as a couch potato. It can include prolonged sitting in work and watching TV or equivalent as occupational time

Risk Factor
5 effects
Measured in days

Caution

The additional associations between other screen device use (such as smartphones or latpops in sedentary lifetyle) and sleep and physical activity suggest that these devices may have unique, and broader, impacts on health. Newer screen devices may have a stronger impact on sleep in particular because of the ease with which youth and adults can bring the devices into their bedrooms, even having them near or in their beds; this can harm sleep both because of the displacement of sleep hours (ie, spending time texting rather than sleeping) and because of potential disruptions to circadian rhythms because of exposure to light from screens. Given that both sleep and physical activity also are linked with psychosocial well-being, and given preliminary evidence linking mobile phone use to depressive symptoms, additional research should more fully evaluate the linkages between other screen device use and psychosocial well-being.

Recommended Dosage

Sedentary activities (TV, smartphones, computers, video games, reading etc.) should be limited to 5 hrs max per day

Related to Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary Lifestyle Health Risks

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Atrial Fibrillation Cardiovascular outcome
Atrial Fibrilla...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Heart Attack (Myocardial infarction - ACS) Cardiovascular outcome
Heart Attack (M...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Uterine Cancer Reproductive outcome
Uterine Cancer
Reproductive

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

3 studies

Colorectal Cancer Digestive outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Lung cancer Respiratory outcome
Lung cancer
Respiratory

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Dementia Brain outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Aging Musculoskeletal outcome
Aging
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Heart Rate Cardiovascular outcome
Heart Rate
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Fall Musculoskeletal outcome
Fall
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Job Stress Brain outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Coronary Heart Disease (Ischaemic Heart Disease) Cardiovascular outcome
Coronary Heart ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

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