8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Lessens 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
Remaining 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 referred to as sarcopenia. (The actual translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to become stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living an inactive lifestyle increases your chance of having 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 normally have more petite, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, bringing about further diminished bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to get stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it provides various 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 peace of mind, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Cedar Falls
The most important part of strength training is to identify an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Cedar Falls, our certified instructors guide 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!