Fit­ness Fo­rum

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

The lat­est trends in ex­er­cises and more…

Of the mil­lions of peo­ple wrestling a di­ag­nos­able anx­i­ety dis­or­der, only a quar­ter are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. It’s a de­press­ing statis­tic and men­tal health ex­perts blame to­day’s in­su­lar cul­ture, es­pe­cially among men, which makes it dif­fi­cult for us to talk about our prob­lems. Thank­fully, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search, there is an alternative cure for those yet to open up, and it can be found at your gym. Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that re­sis­tance train­ing – be that a cir­cuits class or chest ses­sion – can help. That ex­er­cise boosts your mood is no new con­cept. But what’s strik­ing about this re­search is its sug­ges­tion that if you’re strug­gling with anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion, time spent with a dumb­bell in hand is quite ef­fec­tive. Re­searchers have also linked re­sis­tance train­ing to less shrink­age of the tis­sue that con­nects and passes sig­nals be­tween dif­fer­ent brain re­gions. This net­work of nerve fi­bres can de­velop holes and le­sions as you age, lead­ing to de­gen­er­a­tive con­di­tions such as Alzheimer’s. But lift­ing weights twice a week can slow this process, safe­guard­ing your men­tal health.

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