In a recent (May 2018) meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis of randomized clinical trials comprising of nearly 2,000 unique cases, “resistance exercise training significantly reduced depressive symptoms among adults regardless of health status, a total prescribed volume of RET, or significant improvements in strength.”
While exercise has been well-described as a therapeutic intervention for several mental health disorders, resistance training has not been as clearly defined by the literature. The findings of this study suggest that exercise training may provide “alternative and/or adjuvant therapy for depressive symptoms.”
Weightlifting isn’t just for your bicep muscles; it can similarly - and effectively - be used to reduce depressive symptoms. Consider implementing resistance training within your current or formulating treatment for a diagnosis of depression. The benefits? There are nearly no ill side-effects, unlike many current treatment options with potentially adverse side-effects.
"Resistance exercise training significantly reduced depressive symptoms among adults regardless of health status, a total prescribed volume of RET, or significant improvements in strength."
Justin writes about ways to optimize your health and well-being by cultivating resiliency and self-compassion through sustainable movement and exercise habits that lift you and those around you up..