Did you guys know that there’s more to lifting weights than just building muscles? Yes, you read that right! Research has shown that yoga isn’t the only exercise that can improve our mental state and overall well being. It turns out that lifting weights offer not just physical benefits but also psychological benefits. Here are some of them:
1. It improves our mood
Researchers found out that strength training improved symptoms of depression after analyzing the results of 33 experiments. What’s even more interesting is that those with mild to moderate symptoms of depression have larger improvements according to Brett Gordon, the lead author of the study.1
It’s also worth noting that the number of times we lift weights on a weekly basis doesn’t matter. Everyone who pump those irons will benefit from its mood-enhancing effects regardless of how many or little the amount of strength that was gained from it.
2. It makes us less anxious
Another study revealed that this activity is a very effective way to manage anxiety symptoms. Scientists from the University of Georgia assigned a group of women with general anxiety disorder into three groups namely aerobic exercise, resistance training, and control group.
Although there’s a reduction of symptoms from the other groups, the resistance training group had significantly lower symptoms of anxiety overall.2 This goes to show that lifting weights is something that we can all benefit from with or without symptoms of anxiety.
3. It makes us more confident
Research has shown that lifting weights help build one’s confidence.3 It doesn’t only make us stronger but also improve our physique. There’s a saying that when we look good, we feel good, and that confidence will come out once we start seeing results and notice positive changes along the way.
4. It gives us mental clarity
Ever had those awful days when your thoughts are clouded and cluttered? It sucks, right? A great way to deal and clear up brain fog is through strength training. When we’re feeling stressed out, we tend to space out a lot and that’s not a good thing.
Strength training can definitely help release the tensions away and clear our heads as feel-good hormones called “endorphins” are released after this wonderful physical activity. You may even be able to achieve a runner’s high depending on how hard you lifted according to Astrid Swan, a celebrity trainer, during an interview with insider.com.4