Emotional Benefits of Weight Lifting
Weightlifting offers a host of benefits. Physically, it can make you stronger, leaner, more muscular and fitter, but it can also benefit you emotionally. Many people underestimate the positive impact that regular weightlifting can have on your day-to-day happiness and self-esteem. Its results may surprise you.
Self-Esteem and Confidence
Weight training can drastically improve your physical appearance, which for many people provides a huge emotional lift. If you are unhappy about your weight, whether you think you are too fat, or too skinny, then weightlifting can change that. It can make you happier about your appearance, and more positive and optimistic in general. When training, you also develop confidence by challenging yourself to lift heavy weights, or by pushing yourself through grueling training sessions, which can carry over to your confidence levels.
Endorphins are chemicals released from the brain, which stimulate feelings of happiness. Often, they are released when we are happy, such as when laughing, or after periods of stress, like weightlifting, as a way of relieving the stress. When you finish a weightlifting session, you may feel happy, relaxed, and proud of the work you have accomplished due to the release of endorphins.
If you want weightlifting to make you stronger and look better, then you need to be dedicated. You need to push out every last repetition, train when you don't feel like it, and stick to an impeccable diet. While this may sound tortuous, it gives you a sense of dedication and drive, which can transfer over to your personal life, and make you more determined not only to succeed in the gym, but in your work, your personal relationships, and family life as well.
Weightlifting can often be a social activity. You may be able to find a partner or small group of friends with whom you can train. Even if you train on your own, you may be able to meet new people and train with others in your gym. For those who don't have active social or work lives, training can provide social interaction, which you otherwise may miss out.
Mike Samuels started writing for his own fitness website and local publications in 2008. He graduated from Peter Symonds College in the UK with A Levels in law, business and sports science, and is a fully qualified personal trainer, sports massage therapist and corrective exercise specialist with accreditations from Premier Global International.