8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Being active becomes even more crucial as we mature. 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 literal interpretation 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 one day degenerate. Living an inactive lifestyle increases your chance of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, regular strength training becomes even more essential. Women usually have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, bringing about further reduced bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The exact meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent 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 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 bring well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Bellevue
The most important part of strength training is to discover an activity you like and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Bellevue, our certified instructors lead 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 learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!