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Sitting with legs crossed for prolonged periods may have negative health effects, expert warns. Polina Tankilevitch/Shutterstock

Why sitting with crossed legs could be bad for you

The science behind why crossing your legs while sitting could be detrimental to your health.
Since the mid-1990s, people have been doing less and less walking or bicycling to work and school and spending a lot more time staring at screens. RainStar/E+ via Getty Images

A boom in fitness trackers isn’t leading to a boom in physical activity – men, women, kids and adults in developed countries are all moving less

Research is revealing that fitness trackers alone can be helpful facilitators toward changing a sedentary lifestyle but don’t motivate people to increase their physical activity.
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Aussie kids are some of the least active in the world. We developed a cheap school program that gets results

Governments spend millions to try to get kids moving but these interventions may be short-lived, or only benefit a group of kids. Our program is cost-effective and can work long term.
Everyday environments and activities, from transportation to screen time to eating, are tailored nearly exclusively to prolonged sitting. (Canva/Unsplash/Pixabay)

Too much sitting is bad for you — but some types are better than others

Too much time sitting is linked to health risks, and also to lower quality of life. But in some contexts, such as reading, playing an instrument or socializing, sitting had positive associations.
Since stay-at-home orders were issued, there has been an upsurge in Netflix and app use, indicating that people may be spending more time at sedentary actives. Pixabay

5 tips to get you off the sofa — because sitting more during COVID-19 is hurting your health

Even if you exercise, sitting too much is linked to health risks from anxiety to diabetes. But this ‘invisible’ behaviour may pervade our lives even more under COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines.

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