Sedentary behaviour after stroke: A new target for therapeutic intervention

Sarah Morton, Claire Fitzsimons, Jennifer Hall, David Clarke, Anne Forster, Coralie English, Sebastien Chastin, Karen Birch, Gillian Mead

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Over the last 10 years evidence has emerged that too much sedentary time (e.g. time spent sitting down) has adverse effects on health, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality. A considerable amount of media attention has been given to the topic. The current UK activity guidelines recommend that all adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary for extended periods. How best to minimise sedentary behaviour is a focus of ongoing research.
Understanding the impact of sedentary behaviours on the health of people with stroke is vital as they are some of the most sedentary individuals in society. Implementing strategies to encourage regular, short breaks in sedentary behaviours has potential to improve health outcomes after stroke. Intervention work already conducted with adults and older adults suggests that sedentary behaviours can be changed. A research priority is to explore the determinants of sedentary behaviour in people with stroke and to develop tailored interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberIJS-04-18-6312
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • behaviour change
  • intervention
  • rehabilitation
  • sedentary behavior
  • stroke
  • stroke recovery


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