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ACSM's New Pronouncement on Sedentary Behavior and Health

The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans re-emphasizes the powerful health effects associated with physical activity. A new twist provides evidence that excessive time spent sitting increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disease as well as premature death. While physical activity can help wipe out the effects of sitting all day, it may require even more physical activity to achieve the same health benefits compared to people who don’t sit as much during the day.

A research summary demonstrating the complex links between physical activity, sitting and health was published in Sedentary Behavior and Health: Update from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee in the June 2019 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Science®. It is one of ACSM’s 14 new pronouncements that present the science behind the updated guidelines. Authored primarily by ACSM subject matter experts, each pronouncement addresses a specific topic, sharing the evidence-based science and identifying key knowledge gaps for future research. Basic and applied scientists and health care and fitness professionals can use the pronouncements to plan future research projects, cite current evidence for papers and grants and/or inform the development and delivery of effective interventions.

ACSM Fellow Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., summarizes the pronouncement on sedentary behavior in this new blog. more

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