Over the last two decades there has been an increasing focus on the adverse health effects of sedentary behaviour. Specifically, the health effects of sedentary work and leisure time, sleeping patterns and shift work have all been studied. Further work has examined if, and if so, to what degree, physical activity and, its sub-component exercise training, can offset the detrimental effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping behaviours. As the most commonly noted health effects are on cardio-metabolic organ systems the potential for serious adverse events is significant.
This workshop therefore provides a summary of the published literature for the following related topics:
i) Health effects of sedentary work and leisure-time behaviours.
ii) Health effects of shift work and other sub-optimal sleeping habits.
iii) The ability of physical and activity and prescribed exercise training to mitigate the health effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping behaviours.
iv) Recommended strategies, both activity and non-activity based, to offset adverse health effects of sedentary and sub-optimal sleeping patterns.
v) Grading of the level and class of evidence to support activity and non-activity based solutions to abrogating adverse health effects attributed to sedentary and sleeping behaviours.