Physical activity, walking and quality of life in women with depressive symptoms

Heesch, Kristiann, van Gellecum, Yolanda R., Burton, Nicola, van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z., & Brown, Wendy (2015) Physical activity, walking and quality of life in women with depressive symptoms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(3), pp. 281-291.

Manuscript (PDF 135kB)
Accepted Version.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
Tables (PDF 128kB)
Supplemental Material.
Tables (PDF 70kB)
Supplemental Material.

View at publisher



Physical activity (PA) has a positive association with health-related quality of life (HRQL) in the general population. The association between PA and HRQL in those with poor mental health is less clear.


To examine the concurrent and prospective dose-response relationships between total physical activity (TPA) and walking only with HRQL in women aged 50-55 with depressive symptoms in 2001.


Participants were 1904 women born in 1946-1951 who completed mailed surveys for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 and who, in 2001, reported depressive symptoms. At each time point, they reported their weekly minutes of walking, moderate PA, and vigorous PA. A summary TPA score was created that accounted for differences in energy expenditure among the three PA types. Mixed models were used to examine associations between TPA and HRQL (SF-36 component and subscale scores) and between walking and HRQL, for women who reported walking as their only PA. Analyses were conducted in 2013-2014.


Concurrently, higher levels of TPA and walking were associated with better HRQL (p<0.05). The strongest associations were found for physical functioning, vitality, and social functioning subscales. In prospective models, associations were attenuated, yet compared with women doing no TPA or walking, women doing “sufficient” TPA or walking had significantly better HRQL over time for most SF-36 scales.


This study extends previous work by demonstrating trends between both TPA and walking and HRQL in women reporting depressive symptoms.

Impact and interest:

8 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
5 citations in Web of Science®

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

27 since deposited on 16 Sep 2014
22 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 76182
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: physical activity, exercise, cohort, longitudinal, depression, quality of life, women
DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.030
ISSN: 1873-2607
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.030
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2014 22:48
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 05:33

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page