How does sitting affect my health?
Spending a lot of time sitting down has been associated with an increased risk of developing health problems such as type 2 diabetes. It also means that your body uses less energy, because major muscle groups, such as those in your legs, are not needing to work as hard as when you're standing and being active. The Australian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend limiting prolonged periods of sitting and getting up frequently to break up the time you have to spend sitting.
Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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