Lifting Weights May Decrease Depression

Learn how weight training can improve your mood and mental health.

A couple repetitions of lifting weights might be helpful in easing depression symptoms. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry assessed several studies regarding mood and strength training in addition to specifically studying the effect lifting weights had on depression. 

The study found that both people who were diagnosed with depression and those who were not had an overall improved mood after strength training. The most notable piece of the study was that how long a person lifted weights did not seem to matter -- this study wasn't only looking at physically fit people.


While this study presents some interesting findings, it is important to note that depression is a mental health issue that should be taken seriously. You should not replace the medication you're taking with going to the gym. However, you may want to discuss with your doctor the possibility of adding a weight training regimen to your schedule to potentially improve your depression symptoms. 

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