Strength Training VS Anxiety

How does strength training relate to Anxiety?

Throughout the course of human history, a vast amount of research has been conducted to solidify many methods to eliminating unhealthy amounts of anxiety being produced in many individuals brains. A great majority of these methods relating to training would be aerobic exercises such as cardio, otherwise known as running or biking. Although, those ways are true to their ways, newly formed research being brought forth involving the activities such as strength and resistance training. To put the research into perspective, the major difference between aerobic exercise and strength training is that one has minimal risk factors compared to the other which automatically puts it out of consideration when thinking about what the general population would much rather deal with. They both provide similar outcomes but at different rates of time. Therefore, it is true that aerobic exercise is less risky but takes longer for desired outcomes where strength training can conclude the same results in a much faster time period but with more risk factors. 
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What Exercises Work Best?

You may be asking yourself, "well if resistance exercise training is faster but more risky, what exercises can be the best to limit the risk but keep the intensity?". In a recent study conducted by Frontiers in Psychology, they conducted a study to justify that exact question and came to the conclusion that the most popular exercises with minimal risk only require resistance bands. Not only do bands not carry lots of weight but also incorporate your body weight into its resistance. Exercise bands are pretty much equivalent to dumbells as you can use them in similar movements. For example, using dumbbells for bicep curls could be even easier by sticking resistance bands underneath your feat and imitating that same motion but instead pulling a band. With all that being said the convenience of resistance bands over dumbbells is irrefutable for the average person. 


Strickland, J. C., & Smith, M. A. (2014, July 10). The anxiolytic effects of resistance exercise. Frontiers in psychology.