8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Promotes weight loss.
- Enriches heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more essential as we get older. 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 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 become weak. Living an inactive lifestyle increases your likelihood of having sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers lower quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, regular strength training becomes even more essential. Women naturally have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density is at its height. As women mature, estrogen levels drop, resulting in further diminished bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and mass of your bones. (The actual translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies many mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps fight stress, anxiety, and depression. (6) Not only can strength training bring peace of mind, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Omaha
The most significant part of strength training is to identify an activity you like and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Omaha, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, rotating upper and lower body days to give your muscles sufficient 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!