Range of Motion Personal Coach, Jen Hunter, talks about the powerful effects of strength training on mental health.
In the last year, 20% of people in Australia have experienced some form of mental illness. Mental ill health is linked to many negative physical consequences, including increased risk of chronic disease and increased risk-taking behaviour such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse and smoking which all have negative associated health consequences.
It is well known that exercise has several physical and psychological effects that can improve mental health by reducing depression, stress and anxiety and improving cognitive function.
Short aerobic exercise sessions have been shown to improve mental health for hours after completing a training session. Recent studies have shown that strength training also has significant mental health benefits. Strength training releases endorphins which reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. The benefits of strength training include increased feelings of physical strength and ability and increased feelings of self-esteem. Not only can strength training decrease symptoms of depression, but it can also prevent the onset of depression.
So, what is the secret power of strength training? As a woman in my 40s, lifting weights has had a profound positive effect on my mental health. In addition to the chemical changes in the brain, the sense of achievement and pride in myself cannot be underestimated. For me, lifting weights provides as a significant boost in self-belief that transcends all areas of my life.
Empowerment is universally accepted as critical to improving individual health and well-being. Lifting weights is literally and metaphorically empowering.
We can help you learn to lift in a safe and supportive environment at Range of Motion.
If this is something that you think you could benefit from, get in touch.