8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more important as we mature. 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 exact translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t test your muscles to grow stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle heightens your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves diminished quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, routine strength training becomes even more essential. Women normally have smaller, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to get stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Routine strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it gives various mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps combat stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training contribute to well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Blaine
The most significant component of strength training is to identify an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Blaine, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating 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!