8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more important as we mature. 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 known as sarcopenia. (The actual meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will ultimately degenerate. Living a sedentary lifestyle enhances your chance of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more essential. Women naturally 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 drop, resulting in further decreased bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and concentration of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Frequent strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent 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 gives many 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 bring well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Lincoln
The most significant part of strength training is to find an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Lincoln, our certified instructors teach 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!