IHRSA recently reported fascinating new information regarding the rising number of anxiety disorders amongst young adults. IHRSA reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends resistance training and muscle strengthening exercises on two or more days each week for individuals struggling with anxiety. This counsel is on the behalf of a randomized controlled trial published in Scientific Reports, where researchers looked at the effect of resistance training on anxiety symptoms in young adults without a general anxiety disorder. Compared to a wait-listed control group, the results indicate people who completed the resistance training program saw a statistically significant reduction in anxiety symptoms. This study also suggests a potential role for exercise training in reducing the disease burden through prevention. 

The intervention was designed according to WHO and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines. It consisted of eight weeks of twice-weekly private sessions, with resistance increasing progressively throughout the intervention. Participants focused on eight movements:  

  • barbell squat, 

  • bench press, 

  • hexagon bar deadlift, 

  • seated lateral raise, 

  • barbell bent-over rows, 

  • weighted lunges, 

  • seated dumbbell curls, and 

  • crunches. 

The rise of anxiety disorders in the next generation is alarming, but there are ways to help or even prevent the disease if we are proactive enough to try. Movement is such a key factor in maintaining overall health and Beechmont is here to help! We have a variety of personal trainers and fitness programs that are fun, encouraging, and empowering. Contact Tammy today with any questions at Tammy@beechmontfitness.com.