8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more essential 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 translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your likelihood 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 important. Women normally have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women get older, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further decreased bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The literal meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and encourages strong muscles! Regular strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it gives 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 well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Brooklyn Park
The biggest component of strength training is to discover an activity you like and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Brooklyn Park, our certified instructors guide strength training classes three days per week, rotating upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!