Yearlong physical activity and depressive symptoms in older Japanese adults: Cross-sectional data from the Nakanojo study

Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, Rika Nakahara, Hiroaki Kumano, Tomifusa Kuboki, Fumiharu Togo, Eiji Watanabe, Akitomo Yasunaga, Hyuntae Park, Roy J. Shephard, Yukitoshi Aoyagi

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Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate associations between accelerometer measurements of physical activity and psychosocial variables in older people. Methods: Subjects were 184 Japanese aged 65-85 years. An accelerometer provided step count and physical activity intensity data throughout each 24-hour period for 1 year. At the end of the year, anxiety, depression, and cognitive function were assessed. Results: Controlling for age, the daily number of steps, and the daily duration of moderate-intensity physical activity showed significant negative correlations with depressive mood. Conclusion: A depressive mood is associated with the quantity and quality of habitual physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-624
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul
Externally publishedYes



  • Accelerometer
  • Aging
  • Mental health
  • Moderate-exercise duration
  • Mood state
  • Step count

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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