Is Sitting Down Too Much Causing Your Anxiety?

Is Sitting Down Too Much Causing Your Anxiety?

After Dustin Johnson missed a three-foot putt on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open, he might get some solace from recent Australian research that’s says anxiety isn’t just for pro golfers who miss big putts. Turns out it also affects millions of golf fans watching from their living room couches, ‘cause too much sitting is also associated with anxiety.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration six million full and part-time American workers suffer from anxiety and many of them have desk-chair bound jobs. On top of that, every day many of you sit another 1-2 hours watching TV (36%); play video games for 1-2 hours (10%); get on a home computer for 1-2 hours (29%). And that doesn’t include the car. Turns out the average North American is on his or her rump 13 hours a day and then sleeps for 6 to 8 hours. That’s 19 to 21 hours of downtime! No wonder anxiety is epidemic.

So what’s the solution? A combo of motion and meditation will soothe your anxiety and help boost your overall health.

Stand up every hour—and jump! Bouncing up and down for 2-4 minutes will boost your metabolism, wake up muscles, build bone strength and dispel stress. Jumping jacks or hopping from one foot to the other also does the trick. When you get home, stay clear of TV and digital screens—take an after-dinner walk with the whole family. And before you hit the hay, take 10 minutes for mindful meditation

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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