Effect of pedometer-based walking on depression, anxiety, and insomnia among postmenopausal women.

Climacteric. 2015 Jun 22:1-16. [Epub ahead of print]

Effect of pedometer-based walking on depression, anxiety, and insomnia among postmenopausal women.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Insomnia, anxiety, and depression are some psychological symptoms associated with menopause. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a pedometer-based walking on anxiety, insomnia, and depression among postmenopausal women.

METHODS:

In this randomized controlled trial, 106 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to two groups (n = 53 in each group). Their anxiety, insomnia, and depression levels were assessed using the GHQ-28 and Beck questionnaires in the 4th, 8th, and 12th week of intervention. The depression level was assessed in the beginning, and in the 12th week of trial. The intervention group received a pedometer, and was asked to increase their steps by 500 per week. Data were analyzed using the independent t-test, chi-square, and repeated measures tests.

RESULTS:

The levels of anxiety and insomnia decreased in the 8th (4.2 ± 2.1 vs. 5.4 ± 2.3, p = 0.007) and 12th week (4.3 ± 2.8 vs. 7.2 ± 2.6, p < 0.001) in the intervention group, compared with the control group. The depression intensity decreased in the intervention group, compared with the control group, after 12 weeks (13.7 ± 5 vs. 19.6 ± 4.79, p < 0.001). The intervention group increased their step count from 76,377 steps per month in the first month, to 106,398 in the third month (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

This study showed the pedometer-based walking had a positive effect on depression, insomnia, and anxiety among postmenopausal women. A walking training program can be considered for postmenopausal women in Iran.

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

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