8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Minimizes 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 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 referred to as sarcopenia. (The exact meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to get stronger, they will ultimately deteriorate. Living a sedentary lifestyle heightens your risk of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers diminished quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, routine strength training becomes even more beneficial. Women normally have slighter, slimmer bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decline, causing further diminished bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The actual meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Regular strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training important for a strong, healthy body–but it gives many 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 lead to peace of mind, but it also boosts self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Mankato
The biggest part of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Mankato, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, rotating 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!