We all know that weightlifting is beneficial to your physical health, but research shows that it is also beneficial to your mental health. In what ways? Let’s discuss that!
According to WHO, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Living with this condition can be exhausting, it can rob you of joy and mess with your sleep cycles and appetite. Lifting weights, however, can help lift you out of a depressive episode. Studies have shown that symptoms of depression are reduced even with low to moderate weight training. When you are depressed, every activity takes more effort to accomplish. But even if all you can muster up energy for is low or moderate weight training, you can experience mood boosting benefits.
There’s no doubt about it, life is stressful. So many things can contribute to this fact. The rising cost of living, families, jobs, or health problems. If you are struggling with restless thoughts, shaking muscles, or other anxiety indicators, lifting weights can help alleviate some of those symptoms.
A major component to mental wellbeing is having appropriate self-esteem. Lifting weights has been shown to boost low self-esteem and result in higher feelings of value and self-worth. Not only can it do this by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety as we mentioned, but lifting weights also increases your physical abilities. Becoming stronger can reduce pain and make daily activities easier. This is especially helpful for seniors. Being able to complete activities that you used to find difficult goes a long way in boosting feelings of self-worth.
Ultimately, weight training is a powerful tool that you can use to improve your mental health. At Junkyard Training, our facilities are optimized to help you increase your mental and physical wellbeing. We have membership plans that fit any need or budget. We have trainers ready to guide you along your way. And we have recovery options that will help you prevent injury and feel better after every session. Stop in today for a tour of our facilities!