Sedentary Lifestyle: FAQs

Sedentary Lifestyle

If I do regular aerobic exercise and resistance training, doesn’t that cancel out the negative effects of sedentary behaviour?

If I do regular aerobic exercise and resistance training, doesn’t that cancel out the negative effects of sedentary behaviour?
No. Sedentary behaviour has its own negative health effects. You have to combat them with actions to move more and sit less.
Can simply reducing sedentary behaviour (without daily exercise) cause a person to lose weight?
“Likely, but we need more research to be sure,” says Dale Bond, Ph.D., of the Brown University Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. There have been some studies of overweight people watching less TV or decreasing sedentary time at work that indicate it can assist weight loss and decrease waist circumference. “Several large human studies show that low levels of sedentary behaviour translate to less weight gain and less obesity,” Bond says.
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