What is it about?
When the UK entered the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 life changed in different ways, and many experienced increases in symptoms of anxiety and depression. The lockdown reduced opportunities to exercise, and with many people working from home, lots of people found themselves sitting down more. In this study we demonstrated an association between sedentary behaviour and mental health outcomes. Specifically, we found that the longer someone spent sitting down during the first lockdown, the worse their self-reported mental health. This was the case even when we controlled for physical activity.
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Why is it important?
Our findings suggest that reducing sedentary behaviour or sitting time might have a beneficial effect on mental health. Public health recommendations should encourage the reduction of sitting time for mental health benefits.
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This page is a summary of: The impact of sitting time and physical activity on mental health during COVID-19 lockdown, Sport Sciences for Health, June 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11332-021-00791-2.
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