How to combat sedentary behaviour or the ‘sitting disease’?
Published on 20 March 2022
Sedentary behaviour has reached the status of a global health epidemic.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 2 million
deaths a year are directly linked to this phenomenon.
Also known as the sitting disease, a sedentary lifestyle is typified by people who
spend at least six hours a day in a seated, reclined, or lying posture, and who
lack sufficient physical activity.
Regular physical activity is preventive in the onset of a wide range of conditions.
Not only does it serve the body with health benefits, it also bolsters our mental
form, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and contributes to our overall
According to Ms Koh Hui An, Senior Physiotherapist, Ng Teng Fong General
Hospital (NTFGH), sedentary behaviour is defined as simply “taking fewer than
5,000 steps a day, on a weekly average.”
She described the condition as being prevalent and even commonplace
amongst those that she has immediately observed. “Just by asking the people
around us or the patients that we work with, we noticed that an average
desk-bound person walks less than 3000 steps a day. For people working from
home, the daily average further decreases by another 350 to 400 steps,”
continued Ms Koh.
You’re going to want to stand for what we’re about to share with you: sedentary
behaviour is a public health risk.
Source: World Health Organisation
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