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.