Resistance Training – Health and Well-Being for both the Body and Mind

Anxiety is typically manifested with feelings of nervousness, fear, apprehension and worry. 15% of the US population reports frequent anxiety symptoms lasting 15 to 30 days a month. Prolonged and heightened exposure to anxiety is associated with poor sleep, mental distress, bodily pain, poor health and limitations to physical activity. Cognition refers to the brain’s processing ability to obtain knowledge through thought, experience and senses. “Executive Functioning” is the command and control conductor of cognitive skills. Depression, often identified by intense sadness may lead to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness resulting in mood disturbances, fatigue, lack of motivation, insomnia (or hypersomnia), restlessness, agitation and body weight fluctuations. The average individual spends 30% of their life sleeping and insufficient sleep is very problematic to our physical and mental health. Consistent sleep deprivation (< 6 hours per night) is associated with cognitive impairment, mental illness, hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, daytime sleepiness and a diminished quality of life. Physically active people usually have healthy sleep patterns and lower risk for sleep apnea. Research has proven that one of the most profound effects of resistance training is the marked improvement in memory and memory-related tasks, improvement in executive functioning, large reductions in depression, with 30% of depressed people with sleep disorders showing an improvement in sleep. The mental health benefits from resistance training are clear – improved memory, improved executive control, improved quality of sleep, improved cognition and less anxiety. If you are in need of a mental boost, now is the time to start your slow motion high intensity strength training program, both your body and mind will thank you.

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