Why Strength Training is Great for Your Mind
Strength training and lifting weights is under-rated and misunderstood, especially by women. Lifting heavy weights isn’t just limited to bodybuilders and bikini competitors – or men!
Lifting heavy weights can do wonders for your body, such as increasing lean muscle, defining muscle tone and boosting your metabolism. But lifting weights isn’t just limited to physical benefits.
Strength training has many mental benefits that compliment the physical benefits and can hugely improve your overall health. With any form of activity, your body releases endorphins so you gain the feel-good factor after your workout. Through releasing endorphins, the pleasure parts of your brain are stimulated and your mood is elevated! In addition, by releasing endorphins, you reduce stress and anxiety.
Exercise in general can improve your cognitive thinking. Through doing repetition exercises, your brain focuses and your concentration levels improve outside of your workout routine. You’ll feel able to take on any task, no matter how hard it may seem.
Doing reps in strength training has a surprising effect on your memory too! Some studies have shown that they can improve your short and long-term memory.
Exercise also improves your sleep quality. Your body is repairing itself through the night so you sleep deeper. Over time, you’ll find yourself feeling more energetic and less fatigued during the day. Also, you may know if you enjoy a good run or intense cardio session, that you can get “runner’s high”.
Strength training can improve your self-esteem in both the short and long-term. This isn’t just because you see results and have a better physique afterward. People who strength train, experience “feelings of getting stronger” which gives them that extra boost. With your confidence brimming, you’ll feel like you can do anything!
If you’re new to lifting weights, you can always have a few sessions with a Personal Trainer to guide you through the basics or stick through tailored training with them. Then you’ll be exercising your brain and body muscles for a happier and healthier you!
Ella McCrystal. – Clinical Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist & Business Owner