Water-Based Exercise and Quality of Life in Women: The Role of Depressive Symptoms
DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2013.870634
Title: Water-Based Exercise and Quality of Life in Women: The Role of Depressive Symptoms
Journal Title: Women & Health
Volume: Volume 54
Issue: Issue 2
Publication Date: February 2014
Start Page: 161
End Page: 175
Published online: 12 Mar 2014
ISSN: 0363-0242
Author: Felipe Barreto Schuch MSc, PhD Candidateab*, Stephanie Santana Pinto PhDa, Natália Carvalho Bagatini BSa, Paula Zaffari BSa, Cristine Lima Alberton PhDa, Eduardo Lusa Cadore PhDa, Rodrigo Ferrari Silva MSc, PhD Candidateab & Luiz Fernando Martins Kruel PhDa
Affiliations:
a Exercise Research Laboratory, Physical Education School, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
b Clinics Hospital of Porto Alegre, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Abstract: Several studieshave evaluated the relation of exercise to quality of life (QoL). To our knowledge, no study has evaluated the relation of Water-Based exercise to depressive symptoms and QoL, or the association between improvement in QoL and depressive symptoms in healthy women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of Water-Based exercise with changes in QoL. Forty-seven women performed Water-Based combined exercise for 12 weeks. All participants improved in the physical and psychological domains of QoL. Decreases in depressive symptoms and improvements in maximal strength and aerobic capacity were found for all participants. A regression model revealed that depressive symptoms were associated with improvements in physical and psychological domains of QoL. The results showed that moderate intensity, Water-Based exercise improved physical and psychological domains of QoL, depressive symptoms, aerobic capacity, and muscular strength of women. Furthermore, the improvement in physical and psychological domains of QoL appeared to be mediated by the antidepressant effects of exercise, but not by changes in aerobic capacity or muscular strength.
Accepted: 19 Nov 2013

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