Associations of moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior with depressive and anxiety symptoms in self-isolating people during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey in Brazil

Felipe B. Schuch, Rugero A. Bulzing, Jacob Meyer, Davy Vancampfort, Joseph Firth, Brendon Stubbs, Igor Grabovac, Peter Willeit, Vagner Deuel O. Tavares, Vitor C. Calegaro, Jeroen Deenik, Guillermo F. López-Sánchez, Nicola Veronese, Cristina M. Caperchione, Kabir P. Sadarangani, Mohammad Abufaraj, Mark A. Tully, Lee Smith

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    Abstract

    This is a cross-sectional study evaluating the associations of self-reported moderate to vigorous physical activity, and sedentary behavior with depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring depressive and anxiety symptoms (D&A) in self-isolating Brazilians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Depressive and anxiety symptoms were collected using the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories (BDI and BAI). Among the 937 participants (females=72.3%), those performing ≥30 min/day of moderate to vigorous or ≥15 min/day of vigorous physical activity had lower odds of prevalent depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring D&A symptoms. Those spending ≥10 h/day sedentary were more likely to have depressive symptoms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number113339
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalPsychiatry research
    Volume292
    Early online date27 Jul 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

    Keywords

    • Covid-19
    • Depression
    • Physical activity

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