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Individuals who achieve over 30 min/day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity or over 15 min/day of vigorous physical activity are less likely to experience depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring depression/anxiety symptoms while self-isolating due to Covid-19, according to a study of Brazilians published in ScienceDirect.

The study also found a connection between 10 hours of sitting/day and an increased likelihood of depressive symptoms.

Why It Matters

  • Studies suggest that anxiety and depressive symptoms have surged during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The full scope of health professionals – including primary care, mental health, and public health – should be emphasizing the importance of physical activity

Key Terms

Depressive Symptoms

Anxiety Symptoms

Co-Occurring Depression & Anxiety