By strengthening your muscles, you’re helping your mood, mind, and metabolism. Here’s how to introduce resistance training into your bipolar treatment regimen.

First, the Benefits. The kind of muscle fiber you build through weight training, known as white muscle, appears to help regulate blood sugar levels, according to University of Michigan Medical School researchers. Studies have also found that strength training keeps an age-related increase of belly fat at bay better than aerobic exercise does. Also, boosting your muscle mass increases your resting metabolism, so you burn more calories when you’re just sitting. And perhaps most impressive, neuroscience suggests that weight training grows your brain by forming new neuronal pathways and increasing your brain’s processing speed. Read more >>