8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Fortifies bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Decreases blood pressure.
- Speeds up your metabolism.
- Creates 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 referred to as sarcopenia. (The exact interpretation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to get stronger, they will eventually degenerate. Living a couch potato lifestyle increases your likelihood of developing sarcopenia. This loss of muscle covers diminished quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, weekly strength training becomes even more essential. Women normally have slighter, thinner 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 decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and density of your bones. (The actual interpretation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t push your bones to grow stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training adds bone density and promotes strong muscles! Routine strength training, in addition with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and fight sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it gives various 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 lead to well-being, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps promote a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Elk River
The most important piece of strength training is to find an activity you love and staying with it! At Farrell’s of Elk River, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, rotating 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!