A Quick Ticket to Ick

Go from Active to Sedentary and… VOILA!

In our last tip, we talked about how to sidestep depression and anxiety.

I still can’t believe that scientists have identified a threshold for our step counts under which we make ourselves more vulnerable for anxiety and depression.

As Kelly McGonigal tells us in The Joy of Movement: “The average daily step count required to induce feelings of anxiety and depression and decrease satisfaction with life is 5,649. The typical American takes 4,774 steps per day. Across the globe, the average is 4,961.

Right before those step count thresholds, she tells us: “Other experiments in the U.S. and UK have forced moderately active adults to become sedentary for a period of time, only to watch their well-being wither. Regular exercisers who replace physical activity with a sedentary activity for two weeks become more anxious, tired, and hostile. 

When adults are randomly assigned to reduce their daily step count, 88 percent become more depressed. Within one week of becoming more sedentary, they report a 31 percent decline in life satisfaction.

Those stats are nuts as well.

Take a regular exerciser, force them to become more sedentary and VOILA!

Their “well-being withers.”

88% (EIGHTY-EIGHT PERCENT!!!) become more depressed.

Within ONE WEEK of becoming more sedentary, they report a 31% (!!!) decline in life satisfaction.

Kinda makes you want to move, eh?

It’s funny, because, having been a non-exercising and much more “anxious, tired, hostile and depressed” version of myself, I’ve often jokingly said that you couldn’t PAY me to NOT exercise.

As it turns out, the researchers conducting studies like that often ran into challenges finding people willing to not exercise! (Apparently, I’m not alone.)

So… One more time. Back to you.

How can you move a little more?