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Replacing Prolonged Sedentary Time with Sleep or Light Activity May Hike Mood, Health

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A new study finds that substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep is linked to reduced stress, better mood and lower body mass index (BMI), and substituting light physical activity is associated with improved mood and lower BMI across the next year.

The findings are published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Jacob Meyer, lead author and assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, said light activity can include walking around your home office while talking on the phone or standing while preparing dinner. “People may not even think about some of these activities as physical activity,” Meyer said. “Light activity is much lower intensity than going to the gym or walking to work, but taking these steps

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