Effet de l’activité physique sur l’anxiété et la dépression

Translated title of the contribution: Effect of physical activity on anxiety and depression

Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Luis Calmeiro, David Da Fonseca

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Key points: The advantages of physical activity are widely recognised from both a physiological and a psychological perspective. Evidence seems to demonstrate that physical activity is associated with decreases in depression and anxiety in clinical and non-clinical populations. There are a number of physiological, biochemical and psychological explanations which should be considered to understand the psychological effects of exercise. Physical activity may be considered as an adjunct to psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments of depression and anxiety. Physical activity appears to be a non-specific form of treatment with psychotherapeutic potential that should not be ignored.
Translated title of the contributionEffect of physical activity on anxiety and depression
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)734-739
Number of pages6
JournalLa Presse Médicale
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


  • Physical activity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mental health


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