Older Women May Spend Two-Thirds of Day Sitting
But, study also found they frequently get up and move about
Davis said it also wasn't surprising to see that as people got older, or as their weight increased that they were more sedentary. "You have less reserves for those short energy bursts as you get older or heavier," she said.
Davis recommended having a plan as you get older. "You have to mentally transition yourself when you get to the end of taking care of kids or working. You have to change and find other activities," she advised. "Tell yourself, 'This is a different point in my life. I need to look for other outlets of interest now that my kids no longer need me and I'm finished with my job.' Go out with friends, volunteer, get involved with your church, go back to school. Don't wind yourself all the way down."
Study author Shiroma said that the researchers didn't know for this first phase of the study whether or not the women were still working. And, he said, it's not clear if these findings would be similar for older men.