Health Tip – Dec. 5 – What’s Wrong With Sitting
Dee Dee – Health Tip
If you followed medical news over the past year you’ve likely heard that sitting too much can lead to heart disease and diabetes. The latest study on the perils of sitting suggests that it can lead to depression in mid-life women. In 2001, a research team in Australia surveyed nearly 9,000 women age 50-55 about their physical activity, time spent sitting and their feelings.
The participants were surveyed again in 2004, 2007 and 2010. A comprehensive review of the data showed that women who sat for more than seven hours a day had a risk of experiencing depressive symptoms that was 47 percent higher than women who sat for four hours a day or less.
The investigation also showed that those women who did not exercise were at 99 percent higher risk of depression than women who met the Australian government’s recommendation to devote 30 minutes a day to physical activity. In fact, women who sat for multiple hours and did not exercise were overall three times more likely to report depressive symptoms than women who spent less time sitting and more time exercising. The researchers concluded that simply getting up and exercising for 30 minutes a day may help relieve current depression and ward off future bouts.
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