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Strength training is awesome…part one.

The many physical benefits of strength training are frequently promoted but I personally feel that fit pro’s snooze on preaching the mental benefits of a regular strength training routine.


Sure, strength training improves strength and endurance, increases bone density, improves your metabolism, helps prevent injury and improve joint mobility. It lowers the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, certain cancers and also aids in managing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels and enhancing insulin sensitivity. 


But, in the high stress world we all live in today, the effect strength training can have on your BRAIN and how you go through life is the big game changer in my book.


Here are some sneaky awesome mental health benefits to strength training:


1. Stress reduction and anxiety relief (IT’s science!):  Strength training helps reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol while simultaneously triggering the release of endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. This can lead to a decrease in anxiety and overall feelings of stress.


2. Improved mood and emotional well-being:  The release of endorphins during exercise can create feelings of happiness, euphoria, and general well-being. Regular strength training can help combat symptoms of depression and enhance overall emotional resilience.


3. Increased self-confidence and self-esteem: Strength training can enhance self-confidence and self-esteem.  As you progress and witness improvements in strength,  you may feel a greater sense of accomplishment and pride in your abilities, leading to increased self-confidence in various aspects of life. 


4. Cognitive enhancement: Research suggests that strength training can have positive effects on cognitive function. It has been associated with improvements in attention, memory, and executive functions such as problem-solving and decision-making. Regular strength training may enhance brain health and potentially reduce the risk of cognitive decline as you age.

Strength training is awesome, it doesn’t have to be complicated or crazy, you can start simple with a few body weight exercises.

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