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Physical Activity Linked To Lower Risk of Depression Regardless of Sedentary Time

Often sitting time and physical activity levels are grouped together when it comes to health research. This study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, assessed the two separately, looking at the association between sedentary behavior, physical activity, and a combination of the two on depressive symptoms in Japanese adults. Over 2,900 people filled out questionnaires on physical activity and depression.

The findings showed an independent relationship between more physical activity and lower risk of depressive symptoms, but no association was noted between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms. These results suggest that meeting physical activity requirements can help reduce the risk of depression among adults regardless of sedentary time.  Health clubs provide a fun, supportive environment to get recommended amounts of physical activity. 

Liao Y, Shibata A, Ishii K, Oka K. Independent and Combined Associations of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior with Depressive Symptoms Among Japanese Adults. Int J Behav Med. 2015 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]

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Reader Comments (1)

Great post and awesome information. It's good to know that you can sit down once in awhile too. Thanks for sharing!
January 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNick

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