Research Impact: This trial quantified the effects of ecologically-valid ACSM and WHO guidelines-based resistance exercise training (RET) on anxiety and worry symptoms among young adults. Young adults not meeting criteria for subclinical, or analogue Generalized Anxiety Disorder were randomized to an eight-week RET intervention, or eight-week wait-list. Twenty-eight participants (64% female) fully engaged in the trial. Compared to wait-list, RET significantly reduced anxiety symptoms from baseline to post-intervention. The magnitude of improvement was large and clinically meaningful (d = 0.85). Future trials should replicate and expand these findings to examine putative psychobiological mechanisms for the anxiolytic effects of RET.
Gordon BR, McDowell CP, Lyons M, Herring MP (2020). Resistance exercise training for anxiety and worry symptoms among young adults: A randomized controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 10:17548. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-74608-6. (IF: 3.998; C=; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences; R=17/71)*