Older women spend 10 hours a day sedentary
According to new research published in JAMA,older women spend two-thirds of their waking time sedentary, which previous research has shown can harm a person’s health.
For the study, researchers analyzed the sedentary behavior of 7,247 women with the average age of 71. All the women were asked to wear an accelerometer for seven days while they were awake. On average the women wore the device for 14.8 hours a day. Their body mass index (BMI) and smoking status were also recorded.
Results showed that women spend an average of 65.5 percent of their time sedentary, which is about 9.7 hours each day. They also found that as age and BMI increased, so did the periods of sedentary behavior. They also found that sedentary periods occurred in short duration, making up for 31.5 percent of sedentary time.
Researchers say the results could help inform guidelines and recommendations on how to change such behavior.