8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more crucial 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 literal translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to become stronger, they will one day degenerate. Living a couch potato lifestyle increases your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women usually have more petite, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women age, estrogen levels decline, causing further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The exact interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to become stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important 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 calmness, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Mooresville
The biggest piece of strength training is to find an activity you like and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Mooresville, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, rotating upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!