TUESDAY, February 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Taking your sure teens off the couch could trigger a long-term turning point in their mood, new research shows.
"Our findings show that young people who are inactive at large rates of the day during adolescence face a higher risk of depression at age 18," said Aaron Kandola, a psychiatrist. said. students at University College London (UCL).
"We find that it is not just forms of stronger activity that are good for our mental health, but any level of physical activity that can reduce the time we sit down can beneficial, "he explained in a new university newsletter.
"We should encourage people of all ages to move more and sit less, because it's good for both our physical and mental health," Kandola added.
In the study, more than 4,200 participants in the UK wore their tracking devices for at least 10 hours for at least three days when they were aged 12, 14 and 16.
They also completed a questionnaire to evaluate symptoms of depression, such as sadness, loss of pleasure, and poor concentration.
Every 60 minutes of inactivity a day at age 12, 14 and 16 is associated with an increase in depression scores of 11%, 8% and 10.5%, respectively, at age 18.
People with high levels of inactivity at all ages only had 28% higher depression score at age 18.
The researchers tested all activities: …