Weight Lifting and Depression: Life’s Not Fair– Kick Ass Anyway!

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Weight lifting as a remedy to “lift” your depression? You got it Babe!

Right now, tis the season of darkness, cold, and obligatory gift-giving. The season of getting together with your family of origin and realizing how dysfunctional you all are. What’s not to love???!!

If you are wrestling with seasonal depression at this time of year, or any time of year, or you’re a Negative Nellie (come join my club), and view Life’s glass as half full–try movement.

More specifically–Get under the bar.

You see, movement is my religion and the barbell is my Savior. Tweet This!

I say this seriously. But, whether or not you want to be heretical about it, and convert to The Church of the Olympic Barbell—movement and weight lifting can save your life.

We know that pretty much any type of exercise boosts endorphins, the “happy hormones”, but with weight lifting, you will also feel the accomplishment of meeting, and sometimes exceeding, the challenges you set for yourself.

Squatting under a heavily loaded bar, or pulling heavy weight from the floor, or pressing it over your head, has a tendency to obliterate anything else in your mind. This present- moment focus lasts not only for the duration of your workout, but also for a good amount of time afterward. (Sex can be like this too, but that is another story for another time. But, it is worth noting, that both sex, and weight lifting, are very important for your health, well-being, and combating depression.)

Weight lifting gives you the opportunity to move in the physical realm, the weight that you can’t quite seem to move in the psychological realm.

This is Kristi J. doing just that:

You will have more strength and energy on a daily basis.

And yes, if you pair weight lifting with proper nutrition, you will reap the benefits of fat loss and building muscle, and be happier with your physique.

If you are struggling with a bit (or a lot) of seasonal depression, first of all, simply GET MOVING! Then, get a coach (so you can learn how to lift correctly), and get weight lifting to move your depression.

For those of you in my area, I am expanding my studio space to include barbells in addition to kettlebells. If you are interested in working with me, please contact me!

Moving the heavy burden on your back (physically)=moving the heavy burden on your back (emotionally).

It won’t solve all your problems (except your physical ones), but it will go a long way to improving your outlook.

Instead of glass half empty, think glass half full–DRINK UP BUTTERCUP!

Life’s not fair–kick ass anyway!! Tweet This!


Breakin’ It Down:

  • Movement boosts endorphins.
  • Weight lifting gives you a huge sense of accomplishment (there’s nothing like lifting 100, 150, 200lbs or more!)
  • Lifting heavy makes you (by necessity) be in the present moment.
  • Overcoming physical challenges will often help you overcome challenges in other areas of your life.
  • Lifting gives you more strength and energy.
  • Pairing weight lifting with good nutrition, you will be happier with your physique.
  • So start with bodyweight exercises, then go HIRE A COACH, and get under the bar!

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