8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more important as we mature. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The exact translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to grow stronger, they will ultimately deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, regular strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women normally have smaller, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women get older, estrogen levels decline, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to get stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies various mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training bring well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of White Bear Township
The biggest part of strength training is to find an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of White Bear Township, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!