a research study by University College London scientists revealed that people with low physical and muscle fitness are nearly twice as likely to develop depression, as low fitness levels also predicted a 60% greater chance of anxiety, over a seven-year follow-up, according to the results published in The Journal of BMC Medicine.
According to a time now news report, Aaron Kandola, lead author of the study said, “Here we have provided more evidence of a relationship between physical and mental health, and that structured exercise aimed at improving different fitness is not only beneficial to your physical health but may also be It also has mental health benefits.”
The study included 152,978 participants aged 40 to 69 years who were tested for basic aerobic fitness at the start of the study period using a stationary bike with increased resistance, while their muscle fitness was measured by a grip strength test who also completed a questionnaire measuring symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Seven years later they were tested again for symptoms of depression and anxiety, and researchers found that higher physical and muscle fitness at the start of the study was associated with better mental health after seven years.
It turns out that people with the lowest levels of physical and muscular fitness combined have a 98% higher risk of depression, a 60% higher risk of anxiety, and an 81% higher risk of developing any common mental health disorders, compared to those with high levels of general health. Fitness.
The researchers accounted for potential confounding factors in baselines such as diet, socioeconomic status, chronic disease, and mental illness symptoms.