Many of us experienced changes to our lifestyles during the pandemic. It resulted in many of us working from home for extended periods of time and a change to our typical daily routine. Many have noticed that they’re subsequently eating more and moving less during the day.
A sedentary lifestyle is defined as a type of lifestyle with little or no physical activity. Working from the comfort of our own homes has meant we are spending increasingly more time sitting down or stationary for prolonged periods of time. Many jobs involve sitting at a desk, in front of a screen, for an average of 8-10 hours a day, not allowing for much activity, as well as then being combined with us sleeping for around 7-9 hours each night.
Being physically inactive and sitting down for prolonged periods can have a detrimental impact on our long-term health outcomes. Physical inactivity has been linked to increased risk of the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer as well as their risk factors such as raised blood pressure, raised blood sugar and being overweight.