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Prev Med. 2004 Aug;39(2):424-34.

An effective exercise-based intervention for improving mental health and quality of life measures: a randomized controlled trial.

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School of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Sydney, NSW 1825, Australia. E.Atlantis@fhs.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study investigates the effectiveness of 24-week aerobic and weight-training exercise plus behavior modification for mental health and quality of life (QOL) outcomes.

METHODS:

Mental health and QOL data was collected using the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales and SF-36 Health Status Survey, respectively. Employees from a single work-site were randomized into either treatment or wait-list control groups.

RESULTS:

Mental Health (P = 0.005), Vitality (P < 0.001), General Health (P = 0.009), Bodily Pain (P = 0.005), Physical Functioning (P = 0.004), Depression (P = 0.048), and Stress (P = 0.036) scales significantly improved for the treatment group compared to wait-list controls after 24 weeks.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multimodal exercise is as effective as other single-modality exercise treatments for depressive symptoms and, in contrast to other studies, does improve stress symptoms and QOL outcomes.

PMID:
15226056
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.02.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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