‘Study suggests physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in patients with COPD’, European Respiratory Society (ERS), AlphaGalileo (01 September 2016).

Anxiety and depression

In COPD patients, those with high physical activity (PA) are less likely to develop depression or anxiety over time. PA promotion programs may be considered to lower the burden of mental disorders in COPD patients. (…) The results suggested that higher levels of PA at baseline were associated with an 11% reduced risk of developing anxiety over the next 5 years, and a 15% reduced risk of becoming depressed.