People with Stroke Are Most Sedentary in the Afternoon and Evening

Coralie English, Roderick Wondergem, Wendy Hendrickx, Martijn F Pisters

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QUESTIONS: What are the daily temporal patterns of movement behaviours (sedentary time, light-intensity physical activity, and moderate-vigorous physical activity) in people with stroke? Do daily temporal patterns of sedentary time differ (a) between subgroups of people with different movement behaviour classifications and (b) over time during the first year after stroke?

DESIGN: This study represents secondary exploratory analyses from an observational, longitudinal cohort study (n = 197).

PARTICIPANTS: This study included people with first-ever stroke recruited from 4 hospitals in the Netherlands.

OUTCOME MEASURES: Movement behaviour was objectively measured using the Activ8 activity monitor within 3 weeks after hospital discharge and again at 6 and 12 months later.

RESULTS: Participants spent the least time sedentary in the morning with proportionally more sedentary time as the day progressed with maximal sedentary time seen in the evening hours. This pattern did not substantially change over time. Sedentary prolongers spent significantly more absolute time sedentary for each hour of the day, but the daily temporal pattern of sedentary time did not differ between this group and either "sedentary movers" or "sedentary exercisers."

CONCLUSION: People living at home after stroke are highly sedentary, particularly in the afternoons and evenings, and this pattern does not change during the first year after stroke. Clinicians should encourage people with stroke to find meaningful tasks to do during the day to reduce their sitting time. Researchers developing interventions to encourage people to sit less should include particular focus on the afternoon and evening time periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalCerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number4
Early online date4 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Movement behaviours
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Sitting time
  • Stroke


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