Do you know how weight training can improve your life and conquer stress? Have you ever heard of the term “natural high”? Achieving these so-called “high” can be as simple as getting off the couch and exercising. We are all faced with stressors every day: work, the kids, bills, schools, even traffic.
Wouldn’t it be nice to find a “happy place” where we can go when we are stressed out? Why don’t you give the weight room a chance?
How Weight Training Can Improve Your Life and Conquer Stress
Lifting weights reduces stress in many practical ways. Physiologically, there is no doubt that a heavy-duty work out with weights raises levels of dopamine and serotonin, the two neurotransmitters most related to depression.
In fact, most antidepressant medications work by increasing the level of both of these chemicals in the brain. A good weightlifting sessions can accomplish the same thing, without the side effects, and has so many additional benefits to both your physical and mental health.
Weightlifting is more than just to let off steam and release the tensions of a heavy-duty days. The additional benefits one gets from being a weightlifter can go a long way in reducing and managing stress.
Better Health, the ability to be more active, improve self-image, and increase confidence all come from weightlifting. Taken together, this can do a lot to fight stress and depression.
I know of many people who began a weightlifting program strictly to “get in shape,” only to discover that it improves so many other aspects of their life. One of the great things about weightlifting, unlike with many other types of training, is that you can see results almost immediately.
Many people who have never lifted before will, in just a few weeks of weight training, see a dramatic Improvement in their strength and stamina, and they will even start to see a different in the mirror.
This leads to improve self-esteem, which lead to all sorts of positive changes in one’s life.
I am suggesting that weightlifting is some magic “genie in the bottle” that will immediately improve your life. However, with the increase self-confidence and self-esteem that come from improved health and better self-image, people have gone on to find partners and even find better jobs.
In other words, you have so much to gain with weightlifting and so little to lose except — some flab! Speaking of meeting people, if you work out in a gym, weightlifting is an inherently social activity.
Many weightlifting routines require spotters or partners, and lifting is a great way to meet people. Being active socially is also a great way to relieve stress.
I have primarily been focusing on how weightlifting help relief mental stress; but muscle also suffer from physical stress.
Trainers and Health Care Professionals may I refer to the “tension” in muscle, or you, yourself, may say your lower back, neck, or shoulders feel “tense.” This is a great time for a light workout with weights.
The simple warm-ups and stretches that must be done before a weightlifting sessions will start to loosen up this “muscle stress.”
Follow this warm up with a workout using lighter weights, and the muscle stress will melt away. Those endorphins will also get going, and the rest of your stress will start to fade along with it.
So give weight training a chance. If you aren’t sure where to start or what to do, hire a professional to show you the correct exercises and proper form to execute. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a happier you! Thus, That’s how weight training can improve your life and conquer stress.
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