8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more essential as we get older. 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 literal meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to get stronger, they will one day become weak. Living an inactive lifestyle heightens 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, regular strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, causing further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and density of your bones. (The exact interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to become stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in addition 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 crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it provides many 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 contribute to well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Spring
The most important part of strength training is to discover an activity you love and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Spring, our certified instructors lead 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!