Sitting at Work for Hours on End Can Stress You Out

Author

HERBERT LUI

December 1, 2014

A lot of us spend large chunks of our day sitting. Although it might seem relaxing, sitting for such long periods damages our bodies. A recent study has discovered a correlation between sitting at work and psychological distress.

A study published in Mental Health and Physical Activity sampled over 3,000 government workers and discovered that respondents who sat for long periods (e.g., six hours or more) without getting up periodically and moving around suffered more psychological distress. Those people had more trouble dealing with day-to-day operations than respondents who sat for shorter periods (e.g., three hours) and had the opportunity to get up more often and move around.

Although the sitting and mental distress could be related, the correlation doesn’t necessarily mean that sitting is the cause of mental distress. Either way, you might want to consider getting up more often and walking around a bit.

Cross-sectional associations between sitting at work and psychological distress: Reducing sitting time may benefit mental health | Mental Health and Physical Activity via The Science of Us

Photo by Petras Gagilas.

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