8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Builds 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 annually. (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 test your muscles to grow stronger, they will eventually degenerate. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your chance of having 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 important. Women naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and density of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are similar to your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to grow stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it provides numerous 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 peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Stillwater
The biggest component of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Stillwater, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching 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!