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Strength Training Boosts Mind and Body

Sep 1, 2012

September is Happiness Month! How about adding some strength training to your routine to enhance your metabolism, musculature AND your mood?! New research out of the University of New Mexico suggests that regular strength training has a positive affect on our mental well being.

The research conducted showed resistance training as a "meaningful intervention" for those suffering from anxiety. When comparing high intensity to moderate intensity, it was shown that the lower intensity sessions made a larger improvement in anxiety symptoms.

Cognition was also examined. Resistance training combined with appropriate cardiovascular training proved to enhance cognition, which is the brain's ability to process information and ontain knowledge through thought and the senses.

Self-esteem...don't we all wish we had a little more of that? And some of you do; but, did you know that exercise influences how well you perceive yourself? It's true. Science shows us that all people, including those suffering from depression, can get a boost in self-esteem by making exercise a regular part of their routine.

Now you have another reason to the list of reasons why you SHOULD exercise instead of making excuses as to why you CAN'T! If you need help getting started, it's understandable. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started, especially if you're not feeling well about yourself and have been down a lot lately. Don't worry...we're here to help you get out of your rut, get you feeling better physically and mentally!

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