8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts 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 annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. (The literal interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t test your muscles to become stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your chance of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes decreased 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 usually have slighter, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women age, estrogen levels decline, bringing about further reduced bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the quality and mass of your bones. (The exact translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and fight 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 supplies numerous mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps fight 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 Overland Park
The biggest component of strength training is to discover an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Overland Park, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating 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!