Once upon a time, I saw a short, proper and single word for "lack of exercise", but I forgot it.

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    Sep 8, 2014 at 22:30

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A lifestyle devoid of physical activity is usually described as sedentary, as for example in this Wikipedia article on Sedentary Lifestyle.

  • Although this word gained the most positive votes, It's not the intended word. I's a noun not an adjective. Sep 9, 2014 at 15:29

I think inactivity may suggest the idea:

  • the state of being inactive , idle or inert.

Source: www.thefreedictionary.com


  • Unhealthy diets (especially those which have a high content in fats, free sugars and salt) and physical inactivity are among some of the leading causes of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Source: www.who.int/nmh/publications (World Health Organization)

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    It's similar to this one, but it is not the intended word. @Josh61 Sep 9, 2014 at 15:23
  • If you konw any similiar word, please post it. whether it's a slang or a formal term. @Josh61 Sep 9, 2014 at 15:32
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    @mohamed: SLOTH :Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence. RUST : Deterioration, as of ability, resulting from inactivity or neglect.
    – user66974
    Sep 9, 2014 at 15:49

According to ODO:

sed·en·tar·y ˈsednˌterē/Submit adjective (of a person) tending to spend much time seated; somewhat inactive. synonyms: sitting, seated, desk-bound, stationary; More (of work or a way of life) characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise. synonyms: sitting, seated, desk-bound, stationary; More (of a position) sitting; seated. synonyms: sitting, seated, desk-bound, stationary; More

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    – choster
    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:26

How about flab?

The condition of being flabby: Most of the new recruits had run to flab in civilian life.

flabby: having flabby flesh, esp. through being overweight Dictionary.com

Alternately, consider:


The condition of being out of shape

out of shape and out of condition: not in good physical condition. I get out of breath when I run because I'm out of shape. Keep exercising regularly, or you'll get out of condition. McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs


Weight in excess of what is considered normal, proper, or healthful Random House


The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat. FOD

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