The relationship between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adults: a systematic review

Mansoubi, Maedeh and Pearson, Natalie and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Clemes, Stacy (2014) The relationship between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adults: a systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 69. pp. 28-35. ISSN 0091-7435


To ascertain, through a systematic review, the associations between sedentary behaviour (SB) and physical activity (PA) among adults aged 18-60. years. Studies published in English up to and including June 2013 were located from computerized and manual searches. Studies reporting on at least one measure of SB and an association with one measure of PA were included. 26 studies met the inclusion criteria. Six studies examined associations between SB and PA prospectively, and 20 were cross-sectional. The most commonly assessed subtype of sedentary behaviours were television viewing (11 studies), total sedentary time (10), total sitting time (4), general screen time (3) and occupational sedentary time (2). All studied types of SB were associated with lower levels of PA in adults. Findings of this review suggest inverse associations between SB and PA were weak to moderate. Objective monitoring studies reported larger negative associations between SB and light intensity activity. Current evidence, though limited, supports the notion that sedentary behaviour displaces light intensity activity.

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Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 23:12
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Adults; Physical activity; Sedentary behaviour; Adolescent; Adult; Exercise; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Motor Activity; Sedentary Lifestyle; Television; Young Adult; Public Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
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