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Vol. 45. Issue 167.
Pages 175-180 (July - September 2010)
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Vol. 45. Issue 167.
Pages 175-180 (July - September 2010)
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Anxiety, depression and physical exercise in university students
Aurelio Olmedillaa,
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, Enrique Ortegaa, Nieves Candela
a Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, de la Actividad Física y el Deporte, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Murcia, España
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Most studies suggest a negative correlation between physical exercise and anxiety and depression, although it is necessary to specify what type of activity, or what sector of the population, and with what characteristics. In the present study is to understand the relationship between physical exercise and anxiety and depression.


The total sample included 371 women university with a mean age of 21¿29 years, who completed a questionnaire on anxiety, depression and physical activity and sociodemographic variables.


The results indicate that students who practiced physical activity, whether or not federated show lower levels of anxiety and depression than sedentary students.


Knowledge differential aspects in each of the different stages of life of women, policy interventions would develop specific programs that include regular physical activity, on the one hand, and psychological programs to strengthen the other, which would enable increase quality of life of women. This will be crucial for both research and intervention are made from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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