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Muscle Mass Can Help Relieve Stress

Another Reason to Strength Train

Exercise is fundamental to my happiness. There have been plenty of days when my husband asks me in his sweetest voice if I need to go for a run. Maybe he should be asking me if I want to lift weights. Muscle helps your blood pressure return to normal quickly after a stressful event, which at our house can be trying to get two tired little girls to brush their teeth before bed. In contrast, fat can slow down the process of lowering your blood pressure. Strength training, be it lifting weights or doing push ups will not only help relieve stress in the short-term, but the muscle you build might just help you calm down faster later.

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Spectra Spectra 9 years
It's more that when you use your muscles, blood flows to them and stretches your blood vessels and makes them more elastic so they are able to return to a normal state more quickly when you're at rest.
kia kia 9 years
Fat slowing down your blood pressure regulation makes sense. I never thought of it like that.
yasume yasume 9 years
I love strength training. I do a variety-weights, bands and own body weight. Now, because I have build so much strength in my upper body, I can do full pushups.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Me too MizFit
MizFit MizFit 9 years
now if I could only love my CARDIO as I love my weights.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I love strength training too!!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
i love strength training. I love feeling strong!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So true!
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