Sedentary work can affect mental health, says research

Sitting at a desk for long periods every day can affect workers mentally as well as physically, new research has suggested.

A study by academics at the Work and Health Research Centre at Loughborough University has argued that more time spent sitting at work was linked to a decrease in mental wellbeing.

The researchers surveyed more than 1,000 employees, measuring their uses and experiences of occupational health services and their physical activity levels.

The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual occupational psychology conference in Chester in January.

Lead researcher Myanna Duncan said: “People don’t need psychologists to tell them to get up and walk around. But if it helps, I’d tell them to put a post-it note on their computer to remind them. Go and talk to your colleagues face to face, it’s a lot more sociable and better for you than emailing them.”

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