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Mental health benefits of physical exercise in people with conditions such as depression1 and anxiety2 have been established. Ageing can be associated with poor mental well-being, and exercise may play a role in enhancing mental well-being throughout older age.
The aim of this systematic review and meta-analyses was to examine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of exercise and physical activity on the mental well-being of people older than 65 years. The authors define mental well-being as ‘positive psychological functioning encompassing life satisfaction, happiness, resilience, self-esteem, being in control and coping with life’.
Searches and inclusion criteria
The authors systematically searched 25 databases and 11 websites, including CINAHL, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EmBase and PsychInfo, with terms relating to older adults, health …
Competing interests None
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