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Stress Reduction Techniques - 3 Reasons Why Weight Training Reduces Stress and Negative Thoughts
Are you stressed out and tired of not being happy? Perhaps
you are not paying enough attention to yourself. While many
stress reduction techniques are available, I would like to
discuss weight training as a stress reduction technique.
The payoff for a regular weight lifting routine is enormous
benefits to your body and mind. This includes increased
muscle tone and optimal body functioning.
Here are three reasons why lifting weights reduces stress
and negative thoughts.
First, the act of lifting weights helps you shift focus off
of others and on to yourself. You'll have a mental and
physical break from rising energy prices, taking care of
your children and working marathon hours wondering if you're
getting downsized. You will find it very tough to think of
other things while moving weight.
Try to find a secluded space at home or limit socializing at
the gym. Your outlook will change on many things. As weight
lifting becomes your hobby, allow extra time to focus on
yourself by planning your workouts ahead of time in a
journal. A journal helps your set goals for your workout
while you forget about your daily grind.
Next, exercise makes you feel good. Meaning, you can have an
overall feeling of happiness that you may have been missing
During weight training (and almost any exercise), endorphins
are released into your body. Endorphins provide an effect
similar to pain relievers and anti-depressants. Also,
working out can increase antidepressant chemicals in your
brain. In other words, if you feel depressed from a
discouraging day, weight training can make you feel better.
Finally, weight training builds self confidence. Confidence
is the key to achieving your goals. After completing your
work out you'll have a sense of achievement. Achieving goals
helps you build confidence in yourself.
If you don't have confidence in yourself, you'll make it
impossible to achieve your dreams. The more workouts you
complete the more you start believing in yourself. You will
set the tone for your life.
Starting a weight training program will help you with stress
overload. It is very easy to start your own program.
However, talk to a doctor on how exercise can help you ease
your mind and body of stress and make sure you are
physically able to start weight lifting.
All you need is a standard weight set and maybe a weight
bench to get started. If you can afford a gym membership
and/or a personal trainer, that will benefit you greatly.
You may be surprised that you can reduce your stress levels.
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