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Walking Throughout Your Day Keeps Depression (and a Host of Other Health Problems) Away

  • Edward R. Laskowski
    Correspondence: Address to Edward R. Laskowski, MD, Co-Director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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      In this issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Edwards and Loprinzi
      • Edwards M.K.
      • Loprinzi P.D.
      Effects of a sedentary behavior–inducing randomized controlled intervention on depression and mood profile in active young adults.
      report on a prospective, randomized trial that examined the effects of a forced period of sedentary behavior on depression and mood status in young adults. Although the duration of the induced sedentary behavior in the experimental group was only 1 week, significant deleterious effects were found on both depression and mood, and these effects were reversed with the reinstitution of physical activity. This study indicates that even a short period of sedentary activity can have negative psychological effects.
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