8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more crucial 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 called sarcopenia. (The actual interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to become stronger, they will ultimately become weak. Living an inactive lifestyle increases your risk of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves diminished 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 smaller, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels decrease, bringing about further decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that lessens the quality and mass of your bones. (The exact translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat 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 supplies many 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 contribute to calmness, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of New Hope
The most significant part of strength training is to find an activity you like and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of New Hope, 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!