Research conducted by Brett Gordon showed that resistance exercise “significantly reduced depressive symptoms” among research participants. “Studies that explore the relationship between exercise and mental health have focused on aerobic activity for a couple of reasons,” says Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. “

One notable finding was that participants showed an improvement in their mood regardless of whether they grew physically stronger from the exercises. That means that triggering a mood boost may not depend on how many exercises you do or how hard you train. 

Resistance exercise doesn’t only improve your mood; research shows that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety, too. For a 2017 study published in the journal Sports Medicine, it was concluded that resistance training “significantly improves anxiety symptoms among both healthy participants & participants with a physical or mental illness.”

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