8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Diminishes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more important as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass year-over-year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The exact interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to become stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle increases your chance of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more important. 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 drop, causing further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to become stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it provides numerous mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps fight stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training bring calmness, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Woodbury
The most important piece of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Woodbury, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!