8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Creates 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 every year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is referred to as sarcopenia. (The exact meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to grow stronger, they will eventually degenerate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more important. Women usually have smaller, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The exact interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as 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! Regular strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help stop osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it gives 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 bring calmness, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Shoreview
The most important piece of strength training is to discover an activity you love and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Shoreview, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!