8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Daily strength training:
- Encourages weight loss.
- Enhances heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Lessens joint pain.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Builds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Staying 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 actual translation of sarcopenia is “loss of flesh.”) Sarcopenia is a “use it or lose it” case.
If you don’t challenge your muscles to grow stronger, they will eventually become weak. Living a couch potato lifestyle heightens your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle involves decreased quality of muscle tissue, strength, and flexibility. (3)
Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Builds Bone Density
For women, regular strength training becomes even more important. Women usually have slighter, more slender 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 decreased bone strength, (4) which can cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the quality and concentration of your bones. (The literal meaning of osteoporosis is “porous bone.”) Bones are just like your muscles–if you don’t challenge your bones to get stronger, they become fragile.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and develops strong muscles! Regular strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help put an end to osteoporosis and cope with sarcopenia–and in some cases, even counter it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies various 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 calmness, but it also increases self-confidence and helps support a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of St. Paul
The most important piece of strength training is to identify an activity you enjoy and staying with it! At Farrell’s of St. Paul, our certified instructors teach strength training classes three days per week, alternating upper and lower body days to give your muscles adequate time to recover. Try a free week today and learn how you can burn fat, build muscle, and boost your confidence with Farrell’s!