Strength Training 

Strength training is a type of anaerobic exercise which uses resistance to engage muscular contraction.

There are many different kinds of strength training with may include compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press. There are also strength training workouts which target one or two specific muscle groups, incorporating  various movements which all target those muscle groups.

Impact on Stress

  • Strength training is best used as a time-out from stressors (Jackson, 2013).
  • It is considered an acute effect to reduce stress and can be highly beneficial (Jackson, 2013).
  • This means that the best way to use strength training may be before and after work for example, to reduce stressors from the workplace (Jackson, 2013).
  • Two to three days of resistance/strength training, at moderate intensity with 8-12 reps are recommended for stress relief and overall health benefits (Jackson, 2013).

Mechanism of Impact

  • The way strength training relieves stress is currently a topic of research.
  • One leading hypothesis is that increased levels of endorphins released during exercise lead to a calming effect and a reduction in stress (Jackson, 2013).
  • This is still a topic currently being researched and will continue to develop over the years to come.

Planning a Strength Training Regimen

  • For those interesting in following a strength training program, the is a good resource for starting out in your journey to better muscular and mental health in relation to stress relief.