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Health Benefits of Exercise Report - Sitting More Linked To Depression 

In recent years, people all over the world have been sitting more and moving less. A group of researchers in China reviewed data from 24 previously published studies involving over 19,000 people over four continents to determine the associations between sedentary behavior and depression. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found a link between spending a lot of time sitting in front of a screen and depression - people who sat the most had a 25% higher risk of developing depression than people who sat the least. 

Researchers noted that more studies should be done, as these results found an association, not a cause - it is possible that depression may lead to sedentary behaviors and not the other way around. Still Megan Teychenne from the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia said "the message we really need to get out to the public is ‘Move more and sit less". 

Read more from Reuters

This Week In Health Benefits of Exercise Report

1. Exercise May Help Delay The Loss Of Independence In People With Dementia 

2. Aquatic Exercise Program Improves Health, Quality of Life, And Activity In Men Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

3. Various Types of Exercise Improve Arterial Stiffness In People With High And Normal Blood Pressure

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