You may already know how strength training affects your body physically, but have you thought about how it can affect you mentally and emotionally? In my experience as a Personal Trainer and athlete, these benefits come to mind:
- Increased self-esteem. The success of sticking to an exercise regimen, in and of itself, contributes to increased self-esteem. Being proud of your physical achievements can lead to improved feelings of self-respect and self-admiration in other areas of life.
- Measurable goals lead to feelings of success. In an exercise program with systematic progressions, you will see consistent improvement in the weights lifted, reps/sets completed, and improved adaptability. Feeling successful with your physical progress leads to feelings of success outside of the gym!
- Improved mental focus. Strength training with optimal form and efficiency requires a lot of concentration. Physical exercise boosts dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is one of the most important neurotransmitters or chemicals that the brain uses to communicate on a cellular level. To put it simply, exercise improves your brain’s ability to concentrate!
- Releases endorphins. Endorphins are natural chemicals in the brain that reduce pain and trigger positive feelings in the brain and body. This release can help with anxiety, depression, and stress.
Exercise can help us look good; but more importantly, it helps us feel good. Strength training has the capacity to transform you, both body and mind!