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Drs. Oz and Roizen: Is sitting down causing your anxiety?

Missing a 3-foot putt on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open surely caused golfer Dustin Johnson some anxiety. But he’s not the only one. According to recent Australian research, anxiety also could affect the millions of golf fans who never miss a putt watching from their living-room couch: Too much sitting is associated with anxiety.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 6 million full- and part-time American workers suffer from anxiety, and many of them have desk-chair-bound jobs. On top of that, every day many of you sit another one to two hours watching TV (36 percent); play video games for one to two hours (10 percent); get on a home computer for one to two hours (29 percent); and that doesn’t include sitting in the car. Turns out, the average North American is on his or her rump 13 hours a day and then sleeps for six to eight hours. That’s 19-21 hours of downtime! No wonder anxiety is epidemic.

So what’s the solution? A combo of motion and meditation will soothe your anxiety and help boost your overall health.

Stand up every hour — and jump! Bouncing up and down for two to four minutes will boost your metabolism, wake up muscles, build bone strength and dispel stress. Jumping jacks or hopping from one foot to the other also does the trick! When you get home, stay clear of TV and digital screens; instead, take an after-dinner walk with the whole family. And before you hit the hay, take 10 minutes for mindful meditation (instructions at sharecare.com).

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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