This project looked at the effects of exercising at a self-preferred intensity on depression in adolescents.

The trial involved 87 adolescents who were receiving treatment for depression. They either received 12 sessions of aerobic exercise at a self-preferred intensity alongside their usual treatment, or they received their usual treatment only.

There was no significant change in depressive symptoms immediately after the exercise intervention, however there was a positive difference found at a six-month follow up.

We are now beginning to investigate why there was a delay in seeing this benefit.

Institutions / organisations and researchers

University of Nottingham

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust

  • Marie Armstrong

University of East Anglia

  • David Turner

University of Thessaly (Greece)

  • Ionnasis Morres