View Full Version : Any research on mental effects of STRENGTH TRAINING


mrsmith
08-24-08, 03:54 PM
IS there any research on the mental effects of strength training?

I.e. in relation to ADHD, depression, mental performance, wellbeing, fibro etc.

speedo
08-24-08, 06:28 PM
vigorous exercise will temporarilly increase dopamine. I've also read that exercising in the AM will yield the longest lasting benefit.

Me :D

QueensU_girl
08-24-08, 07:21 PM
search for John Ratey's new book...

mrsmith
08-25-08, 05:18 PM
vigorous exercise will temporarilly increase dopamine. I've also read that exercising in the AM will yield the longest lasting benefit.

Me :D
??? Vigorous exercise doesn't mean strength training for me

amu_d
08-25-08, 07:50 PM
vigorous exercise will temporarilly increase dopamine. I've also read that exercising in the AM will yield the longest lasting benefit.

Me :D

Could this theoretically mean that vigorous exercise might worsen ADHD symptoms if done while someone is on the right therapeutic dose of stimulant medication? It's almost as if the level of dopamine is just right if the dose is perfect for the medication, thus raising the dopamine even further (through more stimulants or vigorous exercise), could technically raise dopamine levels beyond the "perfect level," thereby resulting in negative effects. For example, when I tried taking more than my therapeutic dose of Ritalin, I became unfocused. So if the neuron levels are too little OR too much, you might lose proper focusing abilities.

But exercise raises serotonin levels as well, and serotonin many times prevents dopamine from shooting too high.

hmm....

DenverMatt
08-29-08, 02:33 PM
http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ609410&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ609410
http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18468702?ordinalpos=11&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18094706?ordinalpos=40&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17972246?ordinalpos=54&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17786888?ordinalpos=59&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) is the bomb! The results from a typical search are a bit overwhelming. With patience and practice you will find a wealth of information.

IS there any research on the mental effects of strength training?

I.e. in relation to ADHD, depression, mental performance, wellbeing, fibro etc.

Tylerlee17
09-05-08, 03:24 PM
Don't have any study links, but I try to do strength training twice a week. I'm not trying to bulk up like most guys though, just stay tone and such. When I first started it seemed to make things worse but after 2-3 weeks my motivation in general increased and so did my self-confidence. I also run 5-7 days a week 2-5 miles average. Running has always helped my ADHD symptoms and increased my general energy level.

reesah
09-08-08, 02:06 PM
wait, running on the treadmill is giving me more energy, but if I went to the weight machines at the gym would it have a different effect?

MR_T
09-12-08, 04:10 AM
Not research but I can share my experinces. I started working out about 4-5 years on and off after high school and it has really helped me deal with my 'mental health issues' lol I was very skinny 140lbs and ~6' tall then and have gained about 50 lbs since I started. I have been serious about it for about a year, strict diet, lift 4X a week and do cardio 3X week and it has really improved my life.

There may be other factors here but I have noticed an increase in confidence, less depression (depression is something I struggled with in high school) And I just feel better about myself. For a while it felt like people especially alpa male types treated me with more respect the bigger I got. Last spring I stopped trying to bulk up and started cutting. I have been getting a lot of attention from girls, especially at the pool/water park this summer and it has really helped me work on my social skills(something I really really need work on). Right now I am around 195 lbs, 6' tall and have a low body fat (abs are visible but not fully defined YET) and very proud of the progress I have made in this time.

The funny thing is that I started working out to get girls and now it has become a way of life for me. I would work out for a few months, make a little progress and give up and stop. Eventually, for reasons that are beyond me I started working out more and more and I saw some decent progress. After a while it became a ritual and I kept it up because I was seeing progress. I am shy and introspective by nature and I think it might have served as an outlet for all my frustrations in the real world. This ritual also brought some discipline in my life and that is something I lacked very much. Also the guys at the gym were very helpful and encouraging once they saw me making progress. The gym is one of the only places on earth I have ever felt like one of the guys, I make friends easily there and its just easier to be me and feel accepted. This is also shallow but I think I like the fact that people, strangers in particular get intimidated when looking at me. I am very nice and gentle and people I meet have told me how different I am that i look. To be fare I do were shirts that are a little tight, and have been told I don't smile enough.


I turned into a fitness fanatic when I signed up at 24 hour gym about a year ago. I have a hard time falling sleeping and found out an hour or two at the gym took care of my insomnia. It's a full blown obsession now, I work out every day, eat 5 clean meals and spend a fortune on chicken breasts, tuna and beef. I also don't drink like I used to, other than the occasional beer or glass of wine once or twice a month. I know its almost like trading one addiction for another but this addiction has brought some order in my life and I would recommend it to anybody else that suffers from add/adhd. Sorry about the very long post, I'm a rambler

hope this was helpful:faint: