8 Ways Strength Training Improves Your Health
Regular strength training:
- Assists in weight loss.
- Improves heart health.
- Strengthens bone density.
- Minimizes joint pain.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Adds lean muscle.
- Helps you look and feel better! (1)
Helps Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age
Remaining active becomes even more crucial as we age. A middle-aged adult will lose an average of 3 percent of their muscle mass annually. (2) This degenerative loss of muscle mass is called 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 become stronger, they will eventually deteriorate. Living a couch potato lifestyle enhances your likelihood of ending up with sarcopenia. This loss of muscle includes diminished 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 usually have more petite, thinner bones than men; and at the age of 30, women’s bone density peaks. As women age, estrogen levels drop, bringing about further decreased bone strength, (4) which can result in osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases 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 challenge your bones to grow stronger, they become weak.
But the good news is, strength training builds bone density and encourages strong muscles! Frequent strength training, combined with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, can help prevent osteoporosis and combat sarcopenia–and in some cases, even cure it! (5)
Combats Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Not only is strength training critical for a strong, healthy body–but it supplies numerous 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 peace of mind, but it also enhances self-confidence and helps develop a healthy body image.
Try a Free Week at FXB of Omaha
The most important component of strength training is to discover an activity you enjoy and keeping with it! At Farrell’s of Omaha, our certified instructors guide 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!