8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying active becomes even more important as we age. 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 exact translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t test your muscles to become stronger, they will ultimately degenerate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens 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, routine strength training becomes even more important. Women normally have slighter, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, causing further reduced bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density 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 become stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular 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 crucial 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 peace of mind, but it also increases self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Albertville
The most important component of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Albertville, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!