As humans, it’s our natural drive to want to move all the time, if only because our ancestors were always on the go. Access to chairs, beds and sofas is an opportunity to give in to sheer laziness more often than not. As it turns out, it’s this lack of determination to stay active that may be slowly killing our mental health.
Dr. Megan Teychenne recently led a study to determine if there actually was a link between the increase in anxiety and a sedentary lifestyle. After comparing collected evidence on the topic, she found a clear line between the two. This only adds to the growing collection of evidence that lack of movement basically destroys us. Already it is a fact that low activity levels lead to worse physical health, so it only makes sense that it is also related to psychological well-being.
Dr. Teychenne plans on using the research to help those suffering from anxiety. The more factors she knows are linked to it, the better strategies she’ll have to better aid and prevent it. Even so, further evidence will need to be gathered to cement this promising lead.