Taking Care of the Mind Through Exercise: Does Strength Training Help?

In a previous post, I said I wanted to test if physical exercise improves my mind, hence writing. My tests are by no means scientific. For starters, the subject is only me. Also, I haven’t settled on what measures indicate “writing improved”. But in the meantime, I figured I could get my body ready for exercise.

The Challenges

Self-experiments like these, you have to do it for at least a year to gather good data. Or better, multiple years. That takes grit. Have I mentioned that I’m physically lazy and yearn to be a disembodied brain? I’m not unhealthy, but I’m no athlete. The only thing I’ve got going is my curiosity and need to test things.

To make things easier for me, I concentrated on two areas: cardio and strength. In plainer English: I ran and lifted barbells. Yes, I ignored flexibility, except to always stretch after a workout. For running, I did a lot of 5ks and 10ks. For strength, I chose the stronglifts  program because,

  1. focuses on increasing max strength
  2. involves only five exercises
  3. I can get away with doing only two workouts a week.

Today I’m going to talk about the strength training results:

Taking Care of the Mind Through Exercise

I’ve been wearing my Responsible Adult hat these past two weeks. Doing work-related training, hours of IT maintenance over the weekend (because you never want to do them during business hours…), and filing paperwork for income taxes is enough to leave anyone exhausted.

If it were up to me, I’d spend my prime hours daydreaming, roaming forests, or doing interesting things.

this looks like a good idea

Despite all this, I still squeezed some reading and writing! I entered another writing contest on wattpad (#BattleTheBeast). The last chapter of Clause for Women, Children, and Infirm got written and posted. I managed to borrow Captain America: Civil War from the library (score!), and now I will spend an evening watching (drinking lots of water… I heard this is necessary). I want to keep this up. But how?