Research shows its good for the health of your mind as well. One type of workout that’s proven to improve mental health is weight training.
We all know weight training is ideal for strengthening and toning the body, but according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Limerick, it can significantly improve a person’s mental wellbeing,
The study analysed the results of 33 existing clinical studies – involving a total of 1,877 people – to assess whether weight training (referred to as resistance exercise training, or RET, in the published notes) resulted in any improvement of the symptoms of depression. The conclusion drawn was that “resistance exercise training significantly reduced depressive symptoms among adults”, no matter how much or how little they did.
Researchers noted that larger improvements were found among adults with mild to moderate depressive symptoms suggesting RET may be particularly effective and that the more a person experiences depressive feelings of worthlessness, disinterest and low mood, the more they are likely to benefit from weight training.
Endorphins are released during weight training and exercise and they have a pain-relieving and anti-depressant effect on us humans. Weight training can also increase antidepressant chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine which is bound to make you feel a little brighter.