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Start lifting weights, ladies!

According to new research, women who have weaker upper and lower body fitness suffer from “more serious depression and anxiety in midlife” (“Weak upper and lower body,” 2019).

This study focused on specifically in premenopausal, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, utilizing over 1,000 women ages 45 to 69 years. Around 15 percent of participants dealt with depression (“Weak upper and lower body,” 2019).

While being less physically fit has already been linked to depression, this study focuses specifically on physical performance. Women that were found to have weaker upper and lower body strength overall were more depressed and anxious.

“‘Strength training has been shown to lead to a significant reduction in depressive symptoms…both strength training and aerobic exercise appear to improve depression, possibly as a result of increased blood flow to the brain or improved coping with stress from the release of endorphins such as norepinephrine and dopamine,” stated Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, head of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) (“Weak upper and lower body,” 2019).


Reference: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (2019, June 5). Weak upper and lower body physical performance associated with depression and anxiety: New study confirms elevated depressive and/or anxiety symptoms in midlife women with limited physical strength and activity. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 9, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605105947.htm

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