Resistance exercise is important for building functional strength and preventing strength loss, but it can also help to combat anxiety and depression.
Anxiety was shown to decrease in both healthy individuals and those with a physical or mental illness after resistance training (Sports Med. Dec 2017; 47(12):2521-2532).
For many elderly, sarcopenia or degenerative losses of muscle strength, mass, and quality from aging can cause depression and a declining quality of life. Resistance exercise can significantly decrease depression in adults aged 60-84 with symptoms and also increase strength, quality of life, vitality, and social functioning (The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 52A, Issue 1, 1 January 1997, M27–M35, https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/52A.1.M27).
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