Strength training does a lot more than build up strength in your body. It has a profound effect on the mind and activities of our daily living. Strength training releases dopamine and serotonin, both of which are considered “happy” molecules for the brain. Working out can be a great channel to release these molecules and improve one’s mood.
After working out most people report feeling a sense of accomplishment, which can lead to an increase in one’s self-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-image. Strength training makes for a great work out as it allows for quantifiable goals to be measured and achieved. For example, if someone completes a strength training program for 12 weeks and notices that they increased their maximum bench press from 45 lbs to 85 lbs… that is an accomplishment worth a huge high five from a friendly YouCoach! That sense of accomplishment and happiness can kick off your day or end it on a high note, and that same feeling can also make you more productive at work and improve your mood throughout the day.
Older populations can benefit the most from strength training to increase mobility and decrease muscle fatigue. Many seniors struggle with functional movements such as walking, getting up and down from a seated position, bending over, reaching above their head, and even rotating to put a seat belt on. Everyone does these activities on a daily basis, which requires a certain level of strength to achieve. The proper strength training program can increase overall body strength and muscular endurance to help older adults walk or bend down without feeling fatigued.
By adding strength training to your workouts, you will be able to get more done daily and increase your stamina in daily life activities. What are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!