Tim White

Too much sitting could bring on the blues
Too much sitting could bring on the blues

A new study finds that women who sit for more than seven hours a day are 47 percent more likely to report depressive symptoms than women who sit four hours or less. Meanwhile, women who don’t exercise have a 99 percent higher risk for depression compared with women who exercise for 30 minutes a day on most day.

So what do you do if you have a desk-bound job? The Mayo Clinic advises taking micro-breaks every 20 to 30 minutes — get up, move around and take deep breaths to relieve muscle tension. Other ideas include standing up to take phone calls, walking to see a colleague rather than emailing, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.