Research Impact: Among 62 untrained young adults with and without analogue Generalized Anxiety Disorder (AGAD), we quantified the acute effects of resistance exercise (RE) on state anxiety and worry symptoms compared to a quiet rest (QR) condition (RE=27; QR=35), and how eight weeks of resistance exercise training might influence acute responses. Acute RE did not significantly change anxiety or worry symptoms pre- or post-training, eliciting small magnitude changes (Hedges’ d range: -0.07 to 0.23). Future trials are needed to replicate and expand these findings and to explore sources of variability, the influence of acute response on overall training response, and vice versa.
Gordon BR, McDowell CP, Lyons M, Herring MP (2021). Effects of acute resistance exercise among young adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 299:102-107. (IF: 4.839; C=; Q1 Clinical Neurology; R=50/204). DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.11.049