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sedentary lifestyle (sedentary living)
Photo: sedentary lifestyle A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. Sedentary activities include sitting, reading, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous physical activity.

A lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. It is a known risk factor for: anxiety, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, colon cancer, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, deep vein thrombosis, and kidney stones.

A sedentary lifestyle has been shown to be a risk factor on its own independent of hard exercise and BMI. The more still, the higher risk of chronic diseases. People who sit still more than 4 hours at a time have a 40% higher risk than those that sit fewer than 4 hours per day. However those that exercise at least 4 hours per week are as healthy as those that sit fewer than 4 hours per day.

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