8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts 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 year-over-year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called 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 get stronger, they will one day become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle increases your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers decreased 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 normally have more petite, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its strongest. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and density of your bones. (The literal translation 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 adds bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction 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 important for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies numerous mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training contribute to calmness, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of West Des Moines
The most important part of strength training is to identify an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of West Des Moines, our certified instructors lead 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 discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!