We all know that exercise is a blessing for the body and the spirit, however, not a day goes by without us hearing the discovery of a new talent of this healthy practice.
After a review of over 30 studies, experts have observed that endurance training, such as lifting weights, is associated with a reduction of symptoms of depression, which will add other benefits to the body such as the prevention of chronic diseases and the strengthening of the bones.
The squat, the bench press and the deadlift as exercises that involve the entire body, combined with uprisings of dumbbells, could be key in helping us to combat depression.
Let’s go by parts. This does not mean that this type of exercise is the ultimate cure for depression, such and as noted by Brett Gordon, the principal author of the work. However, it is important to note that the findings arising from his studies are convincing, and, above all, are accessible to everyone since this type of training can be done even at home.
The study’s authors think that strength exercises lead to increase of blood flow in the brain, which seems to change the structure and function of the same, giving rise to new brain cells that trigger the production of endorphins, a hormone that is usually associated with a positive state of mind.
During the study, it was found that strength training actually was associated with improvements in symptoms of depression as having a low mood, disinterest in everyday activities or the feeling of uselessness. Best of all? These benefits can be enjoyed by any person regardless of their age.
The authors point out that they can not recommend a single workout or a specific exercise routine to improve mental health, but suggests that perceived improvement with routines less than 45 minutes.
In reality, this discovery is nothing new, as numerous previous studies have already demonstrated that aerobic exercise, cardio and even yoga were able to improve the symptoms of depression. So much so, that they have not observed significant differences between the benefits of performing one exercise or another.
The author of the study acknowledges that lifting weights will never be the ultimate solution to overcome depression since mental health is very complex and is influenced by numerous factors. Even so, it ensures that performing this type of exercise can be a powerful tool to improve the mood once a person has found the energy and motivation enough to put hands to the work.