W1: Sedentary Behaviour (kyaj0599)


From the get go, we wanted to set things on track. We wanted to investigate an area that will engage us throughout the semester. So we spent the whole day picking, suggesting and disagreeing with health and mental issues that spark our interest. Safe to say that we were not so successful, and at the end of the day we left the room with many diverging immerging health issues to be discussed for next week. To give some examples we had; Technological barriers within family members, Ergonomics within workplaces, Sedentary Behaviours, Kids not eating breakfast, and so on.

We kept coming back to the persistent Sedentary behaviour amongst the modern population; so for this blog entry, I will write about the developments of figuring out what the problem is, through the scope of sedentary behaviour.


To simply put, Sedentary Behaviour occurs in a relaxed state with minimal energy consumption i.e. sitting and reclining. This behaviour in itself cause little to no harm, but with time and habitual conditioning, it becomes the root of life-threatening health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and metabolism. So the question we asked was: “How might we discourage sedentary behaviour amongst our everyday lives?”

Who’s affected by it?

When reading into articles and official sources, we discovered that these behaviours can occur ‘accidentally’ with little to no conscience of its consequences.

Being restrained for long periods of time, such as in a car seat, high chair, porta-cot or stroller. – health.gov.au

With these scenarios in mind, we concluded that there are two major areas we can target; Students who are restrained to their laptop screens, and desk workers who have no choice but to commit full time in the behaviour. The reason of this conclusion is that these are extremely easy to find the users to research and test our ideas.

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This is Paul. He is a 39 years old man, commuting 1 hour a day for a 10-5 job at his desk. When he gets home, he will spend most of his time relaxing and spending a well deserved time with his family. He lives in the moment, but is somewhat conscious of how this behaviour cannot continue and that it will end up developing a health issue later in life. Let’s put Paul into the Point of View Table.

User: Paul, a 39 year old married man with two daughters. Lives in Hornsby, commutes by train.

Need: He is at the stage of his life where he begins to worry about his health conditions. He needs an ease of mind that he is on the right track to live a happier, longer life.

Insight: Not only Paul’s physical condition is at stake, but by thinking about the consequences of his in-actions, he may stress on the fact that he may develop health issues later in his life.

After breaking down Paul’s needs and insights, I was taught to use ‘POV Madlibs’ as a tool to guide the process of empathising with Paul and his intentions.

“Paul needs to have an ease in mind that he is on the right track to living a healthy, happy life because he is aware of his lack of inactiveness having a high risk of affecting his future.”

I explored the workers, while Gen, my group member, researched about student’s perspective of sedentary behaviour. Here is a quick sketch/storyboard of how a product that solves this will affect Paul’s motivations to live a happier life.

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How Might We…?

One more method that was introduced during the Tutorial of week 1, is by asking ‘How Might We’ based off the POV tables. This is to further brainstorm and come up with new ways of framing the question which can ultimately lead to solving the true nature of the problem.

  • How might we engage with Paul outside of his daily, habituated life?
  • How might we help Paul ‘feel’ like he is progressively improving his health and mental condition?
  • How might we help Paul’s family members to assist Paul in achieving this goal?\


We then moved onto the next concept of understanding “Flow”, documented and posted by Carman. To conclude this blogpost, Week 1 was a great introduction into how might we tackle this design brief, and will definitely challenge to think outside our comfort zone. At this stage of concept development, we are still yet unsure on what areas to tackle, and will most likely start from scratch at some point. Though as of this moment, I know that we are going on the right direction, on the right track.



Department of Health | Sedentary behaviour and screen-time (21.Apr 2011)



What is Sedentary Behaviour? | The Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN) http://www.sedentarybehaviour.org/what-is-sedentary-behaviour/

Accessed 13th Aug 2017


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