Longitudinal study of former athletes’ activity and anxiety levels

The Introduction

Stressed womanMental health, especially depression, and functioning of daily living are widely acknowledged in elderly people. Physical inactivity may be the strongest behavioural predictor of subsequent disability and mood with several cross-sectional studies show that depression and anxiety symptoms more common among subjects with low levels of physical activity than among physically active subjects. So what is the link between exercise and mental health and does a history of prior training into older age help prevent mental health issues into older age? This study strongly suggests the need to stay active to prevent anxiety disorders into older age.

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