Resistance Training and Mental Health

The physical benefits of exercise are well documented but the positive effect of exercise on mental health is, for many, just as important. A majority of the research to date on exercise and mental health has looked at aerobic exercise, and has shown positive effects. Two recent papers looked at the impact of resistance exercise training (RET) on anxiety and depression. The evidence suggests positive results: ‘RET significantly improves anxiety symptoms among both healthy participants and participants with a physical or mental illness. Improvements were not moderated by sex, or based on features of RET.’ ‘Resistance exercise training significantly reduced depressive symptoms among adults regardless of health status, total prescribed volume of RET, or significant improvements in strength.’ ‘The Effects of Resistance Exercise Training on Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials’ Gordon et al. Sports Med. 2017. ‘Association of Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training With Depressive Symptoms: Meta- analysis and Meta-regression Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials.’ Gordon et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 #exerciseismedicine #weights #lifting#resistancetraining #fun #active#activity #movement #movewell#livewell #training #mentalhealth#anxiety #depression#exercisephysiology #london#kensington #londonfitness#healthandwellness #gym

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