Research Impact: We quantified the effects of eight weeks of WHO and ACSM guidelines-based resistance exercise training (RET), compared to a wait-list control, among 44 young adults with subclinical, or analogue GAD AGAD). Participants significantly increased strength with no adverse events. RET improved GAD status, such that for every three young adults with AGAD who complete guidelines-based RET, we would anticipate one to no longer meet criteria for AGAD. RET also resulted in large, clinically-meaningful improvements in worry (d=0.93) and anxiety (d=0.71) symptoms. Ecologically-valid, guidelines based RET significantly improves symptom severity among young adults with AGAD.
Gordon BR, McDowell CP, Lyons M, Herring MP (2021). The effects of ecologically-valid resistance exercise training among young adults with analogue Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 281:153-159. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032720331098 (IF: 3.892; C=; Q1 Clinical Neurology; R=50/204)*