8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more crucial as we get older. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass every year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is known as sarcopenia. (The actual interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to get stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle enhances your risk of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, routine strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women normally have smaller, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further reduced bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The literal translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it provides many 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 peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Waite Park
The most significant part of strength training is to find an activity you like and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Waite Park, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!