Interrupting long periods of sitting: good STUFF

Rutten, Geert M., Savelberg, Hans H., Biddle, Stuart J. H. and Kremers, Stef P. J. (2013) Interrupting long periods of sitting: good STUFF. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10 1: . doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-1

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Author Rutten, Geert M.
Savelberg, Hans H.
Biddle, Stuart J. H.
Kremers, Stef P. J.
Title Interrupting long periods of sitting: good STUFF
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-5868
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-10-1
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 1
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There is increasing evidence that sedentary behaviour is in itself a health risk, regardless of the daily amount of
moderate to vigorous physical activity. Therefore, sedentary behaviour should be targeted as important health behaviour.

It is known that even relatively small changes of health behaviour often require serious efforts from an individual and from people in their environment to become part of their lifestyle. Therefore, interventions to promote healthy behaviours should ideally be simple, easy to perform and easily available. Since sitting is likely to be highly habitual, confrontation with an intervention should almost automatically elicit a reaction of getting up, and thus break up and reduce sitting time. One important prerequisite for successful dissemination of such an intervention could be the use of a recognisable term relating to sedentary behaviour, which should have the characteristics of an effective brand name. To become wide spread, this term may need to meet three criteria: the “Law of the few”, the “Stickiness factor”, and the “Power of context”. For that purpose we introduce STUFF: Stand Up For Fitness. STUFF can be defined as “interrupting long sitting periods by short breaks”, for instance, interrupting sitting every 30 min by standing for at least five minutes.

Even though we still need evidence to test the health-enhancing effects of interrupted sitting, we hope that the introduction of STUFF will facilitate the testing of the social, psychological and health effects of interventions to reduce sitting time.
Keyword Sedentary behavior
Physical activity
Sitting time reduction
Health promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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