Mental Health Benefits from Weight Lifting

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There are also mental health benefits of weight lifting programs. A regular weight lifting program helps to overcome depression and reduce mood fluctuations significantly. The intense exercises involved in weight lifting increases the dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin levels, effecting mood improvements.

However, some people may become dependent on this emotional boost, in the same way as a jogger's high, and may turn to an intensive workout whenever they are feeling low.

When weight lifting is practiced in a proper manner it can increase energy levels. A person will get used to the routine after the first few weeks and later will try and find more time to exercise. Over the course of time the benefits of weight lifting grow constantly as the exercises strengthen joints and relieve knee, shoulder and other joint pains, strains and problems.

In addition to muscles and joints, there are also benefits of weight lifting for the bones. Regular weight lifting exercises make the bones stronger and denser, which keeps the the body more active and mobile. Stronger and denser bones are also better protected against future bone loss in the elderly years.

Many people are concerned about the right age to start weight lifting and include it in the regular routine. Although, experts say that there are no set rules as to when the exercises should begin, starting early will always help you to reap the benefits more easily as the body is supple and more conducive to change.