If you thought the only reasons to favor standing up over sitting down were increased metabolism and lowered risk of death, meet another one: decreased anxiety. A new study found that the more time people spent sitting down, the more anxious they felt. Whether this is a cause-and-effect relationship (i.e. chairs cause anxiety), or just an association (i.e. anxious people tend to stay seated), is not yet clear. What we do know, though, is that people with anxiety should try to be less sedentary. So even if you’re stuck at a desk job, try to take an hourly walk, stretch break, or at least a bathroom trip to get the body’s natural endorphins flowing. Come to think of it, this seems to present an opportunity to kill two malaise-promoting birds with one stone: drink more water in order to necessitate more hikes to the loo. You’re welcome. Have you noticed a connection between anxiety and sedentary behavior? What movements help you deal with anxiety? Sound off in the comments.


HealthDay: Can Too Much Sitting Make You Anxious?