8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enhances 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
Being 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 exact translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t test your muscles to become stronger, they will ultimately degenerate. Living a sedentary lifestyle enhances your chance of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes 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 usually have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women get older, estrogen levels decline, bringing about further diminished bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The exact meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to become stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to 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 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 support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Urbandale
The biggest component of strength training is to find an activity you love and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Urbandale, our certified instructors lead strength training classes three days per week, switching upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient time to recover. Try a free week today and discover how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!