Interventions for reducing sedentary behavior in people with stroke

David H. Saunders*, Gillian E. Mead, Claire Fitzsimons, Paul Kelly, Frederike van Wijck, Olaf Verschuren, Karianne Backx, Coralie English

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Sedentary behavior is defined as any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure =1.5 metabolic equivalents, while in a sitting, reclining, or lying posture. As well as being physically inactive, stroke survivors are also often sedentary and may sit for long periods of time each day. This increases cardiometabolic risk and impacts physical and other functions. The recent World Health Organization (2020) guidelines recommend reducing the amount of sedentary time and increasing physical activity in various groups including older adults and those with chronic conditions and disabilities; however, stroke-specific evidence is incomplete. Interventions to reduce or interrupt periods of sedentary time, as well as to increase physical activity after stroke, could reduce the risk of secondary cardiovascular events and mortality during life after stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E846-E847
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Metabolic equivalent
  • Risk
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Stroke
  • Systematic review


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