4. It will improve brain function
Regular weightlifting can lead to improvements in memory, focus and reaction time. In fact, any physical activity can help the stressed-out brain get refreshed and ready for new challenges. Studies in rats have shown that physical exercise boosts BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor – a molecule that promotes the growth and survival of brain cells) levels in the hippocampus, which is a brain structure crucial for learning and memory formation.
5. It will increase levels of energy
A 30-minute mid-afternoon workout will replenish your energy levels, repair any damage caused by stress and help you keep a sharp focus throughout the rest of the day. Physical activity delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and enhances the function of the cardiovascular system, helping all of your organs work more efficiently. Sometimes we’re inclined to skip a workout because we feel too drained, but even then, exercise can effectively activate our whole body and lead to a boost of energy and enthusiasm by reversing the negative effects of a busy working day.
6. It will balance out the mood swings
Multiple studies have shown that lifting weights works better than medication for people who suffer from anxiety and depression – and doesn’t bring any negative side effects too! Through the release of endorphins, any physical exercise will relive tension and stress and boost your physical and mental energy, but if you’re feeling especially blue or agitated, weightlifting is your new best friend. It’s proved itself to be most effective for releasing of all those suppressed negative emotions, and since it demands a high level of focus and mindfulness, it will also prevent your thoughts from wandering outside the gym throughout the whole activity. Try doing it regularly for a few weeks and you’ll be feeling significantly more relaxed and positive.
7. It will increase self-confidence
Watching your body progress from being plump and weak into a muscular sculpture will greatly enhance your sense of power and confidence. And what’s a better way to boost definition than weightlifting? Together with the development of your muscle mass and strength, you’ll score an improvement in both posture and overall attitude. It will be easy to transfer this newfound feeling of empowerment to all areas of life and success will naturally follow.