Sedentary Behavior in Old Age Rooted in Midlife, Study Says

We all know that lots of time spent sitting and engaging in other sedentary behaviors such as lying down, watching TV and using the computer are not good for us.

new study based on research gathered over 30 years finds a link between midlife lifestyle factors and sedentary behavior in old age.

“Studies suggest that even when you exercise regularly, prolonged periods of sedentary time are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even mortality. What is not well understood yet is what factors influence the amount of sedentary time,” said the authors of the study published by the American College of Sports Medicine.

According to the study, results showed that lower educational level, poorer housing and not being married were associated with an average of 12, 13 and 15 more sedentary minutes per day. Also, being obese and having a heart disease during midlife resulted in considerably more sedentary time in old age. When these factors were present, subjects averaged 22 and 39 minutes more sedentary time per day, respectively.

To view recommendations about reducing sedentary behaviors, check out this ACSM brochure.