8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Frequent strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Toughens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Stimulates your metabolism.
- Creates lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more important as we get older. 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 called sarcopenia. (The actual meaning of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” situation.
If you don’t stretch your muscles to grow stronger, they will one day become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your risk 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, regular strength training becomes even more essential. 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 drop, resulting in further decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The exact translation of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are the same as your muscles–if you don’t train your bones to get stronger, they become delicate.
But the good news is, strength training creates bone density and promotes 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 reverse it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training crucial for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies many mental health benefits too! Studies show that strength training, even two days per week, helps cope with 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 Eagan
The biggest component of strength training is to find an activity you love and sticking with it! At Farrell’s of Eagan, 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 find out how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!