8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens 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 mature. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass every year. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is referred to as sarcopenia. (The literal meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” circumstance.
If you don’t test your muscles to grow stronger, they will ultimately degenerate. Living an inactive lifestyle heightens your likelihood of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves decreased 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 naturally have slighter, more slender bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels decrease, causing further diminished bone strength, (4) which can lead to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and mass of your bones. (The literal translation 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 creates bone density and develops strong muscles! Frequent strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to 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 gives 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 well-being, but it also increases self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Urbandale
The biggest piece of strength training is to find an activity you like and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Urbandale, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles enough time to recover. Try a free week today and find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!