Depression

Weak upper and lower body physical performance associated with depression and anxiety

Ed: I have to say, I think this one is BS, but I thought it was possible there was something I was missing. My take is that there’s no way you can say that the cause of more serious depression and anxiety in midlife women is weak upper and lower body fitness. There are too many other possible factors – loss of estrogen, poor physical condition in general that’s preventing exercise, etc.

Physical fitness is associated with a number of key health outcomes, including heart disease, cognition, mortality, and an overall feeling of well-being. A new study from Singapore now links physical performance with mental health and emotions, suggesting that weak upper and lower body fitness can cause more serious depression and anxiety in midlife women. Results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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