Physical activity, walking and quality of life in women with depressive symptoms

Heesch, Kristiann C., van Gellecum, Yolanda R., Burton, Nicola W., van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z. and Brown, Wendy J. (2015) Physical activity, walking and quality of life in women with depressive symptoms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48 3: 281-291. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.030

Author Heesch, Kristiann C.
van Gellecum, Yolanda R.
Burton, Nicola W.
van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Physical activity, walking and quality of life in women with depressive symptoms
Journal name American Journal of Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-3797
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.030
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 281
End page 291
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Physical activity (PA) has a positive association with health-related quality of life (HRQL) in the general population. The association between PA and HRQL in those with poor mental health is less clear.

To examine the concurrent and prospective dose−response relationships between total PA (TPA) and walking only with HRQL in women aged 50−55 years with depressive symptoms in 2001.

Participants were 1,904 women born in 1946−1951 who completed mailed surveys for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010, and reported depressive symptoms in 2001. At each time point, they reported their weekly minutes of walking, moderate PA, and vigorous PA. A summary TPA score was created that accounted for differences in energy expenditure among the three PA types. Mixed models were used to examine associations between TPA and HRQL (short form-36 [SF-36] component and subscale scores) and between walking and HRQL, for women who reported walking as their only PA. Analyses were conducted in 2013−2014.

Concurrently, higher levels of TPA and walking were associated with better HRQL (p<0.05). The strongest associations were found for physical functioning, vitality, and social functioning subscales. In prospective models, associations were attenuated, yet compared with women doing no TPA or walking, women doing “sufficient” TPA or walking had significantly better HRQL over time for most SF-36 scales.

This study extends previous work by demonstrating trends between both TPA and walking and HRQL in women reporting depressive symptoms.
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