Why be active? Why go work out? What does that even mean -Work out? The benefits of being fit are wide, and encompass so much evidence and knowledge that I don’t think that exact point needs to be discussed. So what do we talk about – maybe this, why do you work out? What drives you to either be active, hit the gym, or to put it on the back burner and hit the couch instead? What are your priorities as a human being? And more important, what are the barriers that prevent you from those priorities?
- A review of 15 years of research shows that exercise can improve brain function (4)
- A study of 33,000 people over 11 years demonstrated that exercise may prevent depression with 1-2 hours PER WEEK of exercise (5).
- May help reduce alcohol use disorder (6)
- Reduce chronic fatigue (7)
- Improve sleep (8)
There are so many avenues to fitness - countless get fit quick programs, loose fat and get lean in 30 days, cleanse yourself and burn fat without lifting a muscle. It can be hard to sift through all of the BS and find what works for you; and then being patient enough to see the results? A quick perspective; maybe the WO is more for your mind and soul than your body. This is tried and true, it’s our nature to move and throw heavy shit around. When you take away what is in your nature – well, it’s easy to get lost.
- The tried and true Harvard study from the 1990s found that the heavier the weight a person used, the more depression improved. A similar study from Duke University found that depressed participants who weight trained for four months, four times per week for 40 minutes overcame their depression without medication. The Duke researchers found that for every 50 minutes of exercise each week, the rate of depression decreased by half.
The fact is, you were meant to move. To hunt. To gather. To run, hike, carry, jump, push, pull, press, crawl—anything to survive. You were not meant to live in a box and sit on your ass. Time to get up and fight; find your nature, and live.
- Finally, some researchers believe that the boost in confidence that strength training provides can increase feelings of self-efficacy. Depressed patients often feel hopeless to affect positive outcomes in their lives and have a decreased ability to cope with the symptoms of their depression leading to a negative self-image. A few studies have explored the potential that resistance training can provide a mastery experience. Paired with the social interaction exercise provides, it can be the catalyst to change a depressed person's outlook.
Hard Times Make Hard People. Live Uncommon.
- April 21, 2018
- Ben Seims