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Impact of Exercise on Depression in Older Adults: Potential Benefits, Risks, and Appropriate Application Strategies

Xingbin Du1,2, Jianda Kong3,*

1 Faculty of Eduction, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, 273165, China
2 Shandong Huayu University of Technology, Dezhou, 253034, China
3 College of Sports Science, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, 273165, China

* Corresponding Author: Jianda Kong. Email: email

(This article belongs to the Special Issue: Addressing Social Issues through Mental Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations: Challenges, Strategies, and Interventions)

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 2024, 26(5), 345-350. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2024.049764

Abstract

As the global elderly population increases, depression within this group has become a significant public health concern. Although exercise has been recognized for its potential to improve depression in the elderly, the benefits, risks, and implementation strategies remain contentious. This review attempts to examine the impact of exercise on depression in older adults, including potential benefits, risks, and suggestions for application. Our analysis highlights the benefits of aerobic and resistance training, which can significantly alleviate depressive symptoms and enhance overall quality of life. Despite these benefits, the review acknowledges the complexity of the exercise-depression interaction in the elderly, necessitating personalized exercise regimens. Potential risks, such as muscle and joint pain, are pointed out, emphasizing the importance of tailored, supervised exercise programs. The review calls for future research to focus on identifying the most effective types of exercise and regimens for this population, considering factors such as age, gender, and existing health conditions. Lastly, it advocates for the inclusion of exercise in comprehensive treatment plans for depression in older adults, viewing it as a promising step toward achieving holistic mental health care in a growing demographic.

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APA Style
Du, X., Kong, J. (2024). Impact of exercise on depression in older adults: potential benefits, risks, and appropriate application strategies. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 26(5), 345-350. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2024.049764
Vancouver Style
Du X, Kong J. Impact of exercise on depression in older adults: potential benefits, risks, and appropriate application strategies. Int J Ment Health Promot. 2024;26(5):345-350 https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2024.049764
IEEE Style
X. Du and J. Kong, "Impact of Exercise on Depression in Older Adults: Potential Benefits, Risks, and Appropriate Application Strategies," Int. J. Ment. Health Promot., vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 345-350. 2024. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2024.049764



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