Lifting Weight & Depression

Lifting Weight & Depression

Adding weights to a regular exercise routine has been shown to add muscle tone, decrease injury risk (link is external), and improve bone health (link is external). But its effects might also extend beyond the physical, as new evidence suggests that regular strength training may both ward off and fight symptoms of depression.

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Lifting weights, really just getting busy, may help with depression, but always giving thanks to a good God has benefit for eternity.

Lifting weights does help “ward off” depression but rejoicing always in all circumstances drives the depression dogs far, far away ~ forever.

But alas, like lifting weights one has to actually deny self and give thanks to God in all circumstances for any hope of benefit. That dumbbell will sit on the floor as long as you sit on your ass. In the same way, you will grow fatteningly full of self-pity flubber as long as you withhold praise, thanks and blessing from a very good God.

Alas, most individuals would rather be depressed than obey God’s will for them in Christ Jesus. Think of it! Most would rather be sad, depressed and self-absorbed than be joyful always. No wonder God is mad as hell.

Depression draws all the attention to oneself while giving thanks back to God requires the ignoring of self. That be as it may – onward Christian soldier, be joyful and give thanks no matter your circumstance in life. (Gee, what a mean God.)

Be joyful always;

pray continually;

give thanks in all circumstances,

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Depressed, loaded down by self-pity, go lift a weight, or better yet, pick up your cross, deny self, and give thanks to God in all circumstances.

[ Bonus Wisdom ]

If you are looking for a reason to be depressed, fear not, you will always find a reason or two, or three, or four.

Then when you have gone too long in self-pity, self-loathing and self-judgments evil will come to you. 

He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it. (Proverbs 11:27)

This is just one of the reasons in the State of Washington suicide is a growing problem. Especially now that Governor Jay Inslee has driven God and normal from the Public Schools all that is left are dumbells.

Opinion Unto Righteousness / Proverbs 18:2 / Timothy Williams
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(—“Psychological mechanisms (could) include the expectancy of improved mental health following exercise, as well as social interaction and social support during exercise,” he says. He emphasized that more research was needed to confirm the exact mechanism.

Some past studies (link is external) have suggested that forms of aerobic exercise like running, swimming, or biking may be as effective as conventional therapies in alleviating depression. The current study didn’t measure the efficacy of resistance training against that of medication, but Gordon says head-to-head studies comparing it to antidepressants and other empirically validated treatments, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, are critical for a more complete understanding of its impact on depression.

A 2017 analysis (link is external), conducted by the same group of researchers, found that weight training was also an effective treatment for anxiety, and the current review adds to a growing body of evidence that exercise—in a variety of forms—is beneficial to mental health, experts say.

“This is a well-designed and conducted meta-analysis showing consistent evidence on the effects of resistance training on depressive symptoms,” says Felipe Barreto Schuch (link is external), who studies exercise and mental health at the Centro Universitário La Salle in Canoas, Brazil. Schuch, who was not involved in the study, points to a similar meta-analysis (link is external) he led earlier this year, which concluded that various forms of physical activity were linked to decreased depression risk. “Therefore, both aerobic and anaerobic forms should be encouraged,” he says.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic exercise each week. “At the moment, the best advice is to engage in any and all exercise types, and strive to achieve at least WHO physical activity guidelines,” Gordon says. For strength training, he suggests incorporating the American College of Sports Medicine’s guidelines (link is external), which for healthy adults, includes working major muscle groups on two to three non-consecutive days each week.